Special to the Bulletin

Charles Pattillo, head coach of the Howard Payne Yellow Jackets men’s basketball team, is retiring from coaching, the HPU athletic department announced in a press release late Wednesday night.

According to the release, Pattillo was in the midst of his 16th season as head coach of the men’s basketball program at Howard Payne.

Pattillo is a 1965 graduate of Howard Payne and has coached numerous teams to district and conference championships. In his coaching career, Pattillo has amassed 582 victories combined in the high school and college ranks.

“Coach Pattillo has had a distinguished career in coaching and is leaving an indelible imprint on the men’s basketball program at Howard Payne,” said HPU president Lanny Hall. “A graduate and former Howard Payne player, Coach Pattillo loves his alma mater and has given much back to the institution by providing excellent leadership and direction to the men’s basketball program for 16 years. Throughout his career in education he has been a positive influence on young men.”

While coaching in high school, Pattillo’s teams won 12 district championships with four regional tournament appearances. He produced 15 all-state players, garnered eight district coach of the year honors and was nominated to coach the THSCA North All-Star basketball team once.

While coaching baseball in high school, two of his squads (Burnet and Pecos) went to the state tournament.

During the mid-90s, Pattillo’s Jackets won three straight conference championships, which resulted in appearances in the NAIA national tournament each season. Pattillo has developed 12 All-Americans and numerous all-conference players. His success has also led to four coach of the year awards on the collegiate level.

In 2007-08, the Yellow Jacket basketball program received the American Southwest Conference’s first-ever Team Sportsmanship Award in men’s basketball.

During the 2005-06 season, the Yellow Jackets went 20-7 and won the ASC West Division. That year Howard Payne also hosted the ASC Championship tournament for the first time in school history.

Under Pattillo’s leadership during the 2007-08 season, the Yellow Jackets upset East No. 1 seed Mississippi College in the first round of the ASC Championship tournament.

Pattillo and his wife, J’net, have two daughters, Terri and Tami (Tami was a conference MVP in basketball in 1990 and is a member of the HPU Sports Hall of Fame). They also have a son, Tim, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The Pattillos are active members of Coggin Avenue Baptist Church in Brownwood.

“Coach Pattillo is highly-regarded on our campus and in the community,” Hall said. “We wish him the very best in retirement.”

Editor’s Note: Due to deadline restrictions, more information on the future of the Howard Payne men’s basketball program will appear in a future edition of the Bulletin.