Jerry Tarkanian Coach

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Feb 14, 2011 1 Comment ›› Riverside Sport Hall of Fame


“Tark” is the legendary basketball coach who brought three consecutive State Championships to the Riverside City College campus. From 1961 to 1966, he led the team to a 145-22 record. The 1963-64 team went 35-0, still a record for Community Colleges. While at Pasadena CC he was 67-4, at Long Beach State he was 116-17, at UNLV he was 509-105, and at Fresno State he was 153-80. Though he has had great success and recognition at prestigious Division I schools, Jerry Tarkanian has often referred to his RCC tenure as his “golden years of coaching”. The records he has set, and still holds, are indeed legendary.

  • Holds an overall winning percentage of .803, the fourth best of all-time.
  • Had 778 Career victories at Division I schools.
  • Coached 42 players drafted by the NBA; 12 of whom were drafted in the first round.
  • Averaged 25.3 wins per season during his 30 year career.
  • Won 20 games or more for 29 of 31 seasons as a Division I coach.
  • His 988 career collegiate coaching victories are the most ever for all divisions.
  • Led UNLV to NCAA Championship in 1990 with a 103-73 victory over Duke, the largest winning margin ever recorded in NCAA finals history.
  • Jerry Tarkanian may have been a Rebel, a Bulldog, a Forty-Niner, and a Lancer, but he will forever be a Riverside Tiger.


  1. Jerry Kurr says:

    The Tark passed away today 02/11/2015 in Las Vegas, NV. I remember Jerry with hair when I went to Poly High 1960-1964 and started at RCC. I got to watch and cheer for him and the Tigers in the 1963-64 season. I subsequently went into the Navy in January 1965 serving in Veit Nam and lost track of Jerry Tarkanium until building the house here in Henderson, NV. He had a great life and was a truly good man.

    Jerry Kurr