Men's Basketball Coaching Staff
Bob Marlin
Head Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Mississippi State
Graduating Year: 1981

  Bob Marlin is one of only two coaches in the history of the Southland Conference to post more than 200 coaching victories.

 In 12 seasons as Bearkat head men's basketball coach, Marlin has produced an overall record of 225 victories and 130 losses -- more victories than any other Southland Conference member during that time span.

  Mike Vining, head coach at Louisiana-Monroe from 1983-2005 and the man who gave Marlin his first coaching job, compiled a 383-291 record from 1983 to 2005.

  Since 2000, Sam Houston State has become the dominate team not only in the Southland Conference but in Texas. Only one of the 20 NCAA Division I men's basketball teams in Texas (the UT Longhorns) has won more games than Sam Houston. 

 Inheriting a program that had not finished higher than sixth in the league and posted only two double digit victory seasons in more than a decade, Marlin has directed the Kats to six 20-plus victory seasons (22-7 in 2000, 23-7 in 2003, 22-9 in 2006, 21-10 in 2007, 23-8 in 2008 and 25-8 in 2010).   Sam Houston is one of only 52 teams in NCAA Division I men's basketball to post 20-victory seasons four of the last five years.

 Marlin has been named as 2010 Southland Conference "Coach of the Year" - his third such award at the helm of the Bearkats. Marlin also was league "Coach of the Year" in 2000 after directing the Kats to their first Southland Conference championship and in 2003 after Sam Houston's second title in four years.

 Since Marlin took over the Sam Houston program, the Bearkats have produced more non-conference intersectional victories than any other Southland Conference team.

Sam Houston State's 12-1 non-conference record in 2007-08 was the university's best NCAA Division I non-conference record and equals the most regular season non-conference wins for a Southland Conference team since 1991. During the team's 10-0 start in 2007-08, Sam Houston received votes in the Associated Press national top 25 for the first time since the Kats moved up to the NCAA Division I level.

 The Bearkat basketball team has achieved in the classroom as well as on the floor. Seven SHSU men's basketball players has earned Academic All-Southland honors a total of 17 times since the 2006 season. The last three SLC men's basketball Student-Athletes of the Year have been Bearkats (Ryan Bright in 2007 and 2008 and Barkley Falkner in 2009).

  In 17 seasons as a head coach, Marlin has produced a record of 346 victories and 165 losses. He rolled up a 123-35 record as head coach at Pensacola Junior College. In 1993, he was National Junior College "Coach of the Year" after directing Pensacola to the NJCAA National Championship. Marlin served as an assistant coach at Alabama, Marshall, Houston Baptist, and Louisiana-Monroe.

  Marlin received National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) "Coach of the Year" honors in 1993 following Pensacola's national title (the first ever for a Florida junior college). He won 100 games at Pensacola faster than any coach in school history. Twenty-seven of his players at Pensacola received scholarships to play at four-year schools.

Marlin was inducted into the Florida Junior College Hall of Fame in March, 2007.

 As a head coach, Marlin has coached an NBA draft pick, one NJCAA National Player of the Year, one NJCAA Student-Athlete of the Year, two Southland Conference "Players of the Year," three Southland "Newcomers of the Year," one Southland "Freshman of the Year," three Southland "Student Athletes of the Year", four All-Americans, 38 All-Conference selections, four Academic All-Americans, and 36 Academic All-Conference student-athletes.

As an assistant coach, Marlin helped guide the Alabama Crimson Tide to the 1996 National Invitational Final Four. Working under Dana Altman (now Creighton University head coach) at Marshall in 1989-90, he helped direct the Thundering Herd to a runner-up finish in the Southern Conference. From 1984 to 1989, Marlin served as assistant to Gene Iba and Tommy Jones at Houston Baptist. The Huskies earned an NCAA Division I tournament berth in 1984 and finished among the top three teams in the TransAmerica Conference four times. While serving as a graduate assistant at Northeast Louisiana (now Louisiana-Monroe) under former Indian head coach Mike Vining, Marlin coached the junior varsity and was scouting director for an NLU squad that won the TransAmerica Conference championship and earned an NCAA post-season tournament berth in 1982.

 Born in Tupelo, MS, Marlin received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Mississippi State in 1981. He earned his Masters in Health and Physical Education (with a minor in guidance and counseling) from Northeast Louisiana in 1983. He has a son, Matt (17).



Won 225 Lost 130

   Won Lost  Southland Finish  Post-Season 


25 7 Champions Champions




2nd place

SLC first round 



3rd place  SLC semifinals 



 10 2nd place  SLC first round 



2nd place  SLC finals 




3rd place  SLC semifinals 




5th place  SLC first round 




NCAA first round 




7th place   




4th place  SLC semifinals 



CHAMPIONS  SLC semifinals 




9th place   


   Won  Lost Post Season   




















First Southland Conference Championship (1999-2000)
* Second Southland Conference Championship (2002-2003)

* Third Southland Conference Championship (2009-2010)
* Two
NCAA Division I national tournament appearance (2003 and 2010)
First NCAA Division I Preseason National Invitational Tournament appearance (2005-2006)
* Most NCAA Division I victories in one season - 25 (2009-2010)
Most Southland Conference victories - 17 (2000-2003)
Most NCAA Division I road victories - 12 (2009-2010)
Only Southland Conference Post-Season Tournament victories
Highest RPI ranking - 28 (December 20, 2001)
Highest Final RPI ranking - 91 (March 25, 2003)
Best NCAA Division I non-league record - 9-3 (2005-06)
Longest SHSU NCAA Division I winning streak - 11 games (2010)
Second most improved program in NCAA (ranked by winning percentage) (1999-2000)
* Fourth best RPI of the 20 NCAA Division I men's basketball teams in Texas (2000, 2003)
Fifth best RPI of the 20 NCAA Division I men's basketball teams in Texas (2006)
Sixth best RPI of the 20 NCAA Division I men's basketball teams in Texas (2007)
* Teams have broken 30 NCAA Division I school records (12 game & 18 season)

Players have broken 23 school records (seven individual game, eight individual season, eight career)


* Coached NJCAA "Player of the Year"
* Coached two NJCAA All-Americans
* Coached 37 All-Conference players
* Coached NJCAA "Student-Athlete of the Year"
* Coached three Academic All-Americans
* Coached 24 Academic All-Conference players
* Coached SHSU's first NCAA Division I All-American
* Coached two Southland Conference "Players of the Year"
* Coached three Southland Conference "Newcomers of the Year"
* Coached three Southland Conference "Student Athletes of the Year "
* Coached one Southland Conference "Freshman of the Year"
* Coaches two Southland Post Season Tournament "MVPs"

* 2006 and 2010 Hugh Durham Award national finalist
* 2000, 2003, 2010 Southland Conference Champions
* 2003 and 2010 Southland Conference Tournament Champions
* 2003 NCAA Division I Tournament participant
* 2000, 2003, 2010 Southland Conference Coach of the Year
* 2005 Preseason NIT quarterfinals
* 1993 NJCAA National Champions
* 1993 NJCAA National Coach of the Year
* 1993 Kodak / NABC National Coach of the Year
* 1993 FCCAA / Region VIII Coach of the Year
* 1993 Basketball Times Coach of the Year
* 1993 Basketball Weekly Coach of the Year


Head Coach Team Years W L Pct.  
Mike Vining LA-Monroe 1983-2004 383 291 .568  
BOB MARLIN Sam Houston 1999-Current 225 130 .634  
Danny Kasper SFA 2001-Current 181 112 .618  
Eddie McCarter UT-Arlington 1993-2006 179 211 .459  
Mike Mconathy NW St. 2000-Current 166 174 .488  
Tim Carter UTSA 1996-2006 160 152 .513  
Jack Martin Lamar 1964-1976 160 166 .491  
Glenn Duhon McNeese 1978-1987 155 136 .533  
Ricky Broussard Nicholls 1992-2001 147 120 .551  
Pat Foster Lamar 1981-1986 134 49 .732  
Andy Russo La Tech 1980-1985 122 55 .689  
Billy Tubbs Lamar 1977-80 2004-06 121 89 .576  

NCAA Division I Teams In Texas
Since 2000 

    Won Lost Pct.
1 Texas 275 101 .731
2 Sam Houston State 215 114 .653
3 Texas-El Paso 205 147 .582
4 Texas Tech 194 158 .551
5 Texas A&M 190 152 .556
6 Stephen F. Austin 187 134 .583
7 Houston 174 171 .504
8 UT-Arlington 166 155 .517
9 A&M-Corpus Christi 165 128 .563
10 Baylor 165 158 .511
11 UTSA 161 162 .498
12 North Texas 161 164 .495
13 Lamar 159 161 .497
14 SMU 157 170 .480
15 TCU 156 184 .459
16 Rice 138 193 .417
17 Texas State 135 181 .427
18 Texas-Pan American 134 189 .415
19 Texas Southern 127 200 .388
20 Prairie View 106 220 .325


The Buzz on Bob Marlin

"Bob Marlin has done an excellent job as a coach. I really enjoy watching how hard his teams play and the fundamental execution they display on the court."

Former Head Coach
Texas Tech University


"Bob Marlin has won everywhere he has been. He recruits quality people. His teams are always well coached. When you play Bob’s team, you better be ready. You have to beat them. They are not going to beat themselves."

Head Coach
University of Kansas


"Bob Marlin is one of the finest coaches in college basketball. His success at every level makes that apparent. All his teams at Pensacola were nationally ranked. He won the 1993 juco national championship. At Sam Houston State, he took over a program that hadn’t had a winning season at the NCAA Division I level and has produced two conference championship teams. What’s more important is that he is a fine person. The greatest compliment you can pay a coach in this business is this -- I would love for my son to play basketball for an individual like Bob Marlin."

Vice President for Basketball Operations
San Antonio Spurs


"Bob Marlin is a hard worker who is very organized. He communicates well with players. He has a real knack for recruiting quality players and then getting them to do what he wants them to do. He’s done a tremendous job at Sam Houston State. Not only has his program been successful on the court, he has created excitement for college basketball in the community. Bob is not a ‘rah! rah!’ guy. He is a thorough, methodical coach who dots the i’s and crosses the t’s and does a great job."

Former Associate Head Coach at Kentucky
Head Coach at Alabama



"Bob Marlin is one of the top mid-major coaches in the country. Taking a program that had not had a winning record in more than a decade and turning out two championship teams in five years is just a tremendous accomplishment. Keep your eye on the Bearkats. They are going to continue to be a factor in the Southland."

ESPN Basketball Analyst

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