FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Courtesy Arkansas Athletic Dept.)– Tommy Deffebaugh joins the University of Arkansas women’s basketball staff as an assistant coach, head coach Jimmy Dykes announced today.
Deffebaugh brings 21 years of basketball coaching experience from a wide variety of institutions to the Razorback bench. He has worked for 15 years as an assistant coach at University of South Florida, Western Michigan University, Missouri State University, Oral Roberts University, Southern Illinois University, Drury University and the University of Missouri-Rolla.
Deffebaugh worked at Dartmouth University alongside Terry Dunn from 2005-08 helping the Big Green to its first double-digit winning season in six years. At Dartmouth, he was involved in recruiting, game preparation, scouting and skill development.
He moved on to Tennessee Tech working with Mike Sutton and helping the Golden Eagles to steady improvement in the Ohio Valley Conference including back-to-back fourth place finishes in the league standings.
In 2010, Deffebaugh returned home taking the position as a physical education teacher and head coach of the junior varsity team at Fayetteville High, where he had been a star guard from 1979-81. As a high school player, he was a two-time all-conference and all-state selection and played with Dykes. When he graduated, Deffebaugh held the FHS record for points in a game with 43 against Choctaw (Okla.) High.
After graduating from Drury College in 1985, Deffebaugh began his coaching career as an assistant coach/physical education teacher in the Springfield (Mo.) public school system. In 1992, he earned a master’s degree from Drury.
A four-year letterwinner for the Panthers, he was co-captain in 1984-85 and was chosen honorable mention All-America. He was inducted in to the Drury College Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997.
Deffebaugh has consistently recruited all-conference caliber players at every school. He helped recruit and coach a pair of All-Americans at Drury in Lonnie Holmes and Phil Mooberry. He also brought standouts Mike Wallace and Tamarr Maclin to Missouri State and All-Ivy League player Alex Barnett to Dartmouth. Troy Hudson, the former Southern Illinois player who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the NBA.
Tommy, 47, and his wife, Tracy, have two children – Connor and Karringtin.