PINE BLUFF, AR – George Ivory, the dean of Southwestern Athletic Conference basketball coaches and a SWAC Hall of Famer, has resigned as head men’s basketball coach at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff after 13 season, according to the University.
“It has been an honor and privilege to be the head coach at UAPB and to guide the young men who I was fortunate to coach,” said Ivory. “I will always have fond memories of nearly 20 years in this program, and am grateful for the opportunity to lead this program. I’ve been involved in this wonderful game for more than 30 years, and after a difficult COVID-challenging season, I am tired. It’s best for me to step away now and spend more time with my family.”
As SWAC Tournament Champions in 2010, Ivory led the Golden Lions to the NCAA Tournament and a First Four Win over Winthrop. The Golden Lions nearly returned to the Big Dance in 2018, falling to eventual champion Texas Southern in the SWAC Tournament final.
Ivory’s team posted significant non-conference wins over SMU, Florida International, Houston, and Arkansas State during his tenure. Buoyed by phenomenal home attendance, Ivory led the program to winning records at home 10 times, as the game atmosphere at the H.O. Clemmons Arena was voted the best in the SWAC.
“The name George Ivory is synonymous with Golden Lion men’s basketball,” said Chris Robinson, Interim Athletic Director at UAPB. “From four years as an assistant coach to 13 years as a head coach, his program provided many memorable moments and made the H.O. Clemmons Arena one of the toughest venues for opposing teams in the SWAC. We thank him for his tireless commitment and effort poured into the program, and look forward to his success in future endeavors.”
Ivory attended college at Mississippi Valley State University where he played basketball. He was selected as Freshman of the Year, First Team All-SWAC, SWAC Tournament MVP, and Player of the Year in the conference. Ivory started all four years at Valley, where he still ranked top in scoring, steals, assist, minutes, and games played.
Ivory later worked as a graduate assistant with the Lady Tigers basketball program at Jackson State University for three years before becoming full-time assistant in 1991-1998 under head coach Andrew Pennington. In spring of 2008, he was named the head coach of the Golden Lions at Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
UAPB will conduct a national search for a new head coach.
About the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is a public comprehensive HBCU 1890 Land-Grant Institution. The University embraces its land-grant mission of providing cutting edge research, teaching, outreach, and service programs that respond to the social and economic needs of the state and region. Its mission is to promote and sustain excellent academic programs that integrate quality instruction, research, and student learning experiences responsive to the needs of a racially, culturally, and economically diverse student population. Ultimately, the University is dedicated to providing access and opportunity to academically deserving students and producing graduates who are equipped to excel through their contributions and leadership in a 21st century national and global community. For more information, visit www.uapb.edu.