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Head Coach Royce Chadwick
Royce Chadwick enters his fifth season at the helm of the Islanders women’s basketball program. The Floydada, Texas, native designed his 2016-17 roster to be a mix of old and young, with eight returners and eight newcomers. He enters his 33rd year as a head coach with a career record of 608-373 (.620), as well as a 47-61 mark on the Island.
On Nov. 18, 2015, Chadwich became the 44th coach in women’s college basketball history to reach 600 career wins. The Islanders topped Rice 60-55 at the Dugan Wellness Center. The remainder of the 2015-16 season saw the Islanders post a 9-20 record. Redshirt-sophomore Brittany Mbamalu narrowly missed her own school record of 3-pointers in a season.
In his first three seasons at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Chadwick produced a 38-51 record, including an 18-win season in 2013-14. The Islander head coach picked up his second Southland Conference Coach of the Years honors and set the record for longest duration between awards.
A 33-year veteran of the women’s college basketball coaching ranks, Royce Chadwick, was named the fourth head women’s basketball coach in Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi history on April 11, 2012. Chadwick, who spent the previous 11 years at the helm of the Marshall University program.
The Floydada, Texas, native had a career record of 561-302 (.650) before coming to the Island University with stops at Marshall, Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston State, Oklahoma Panhandle State and Howard Junior College. In 29 years at the Division I level, he holds a 421-326 (.564) record and seven NCAA Tournament appearances.
Much of his success came at Southland foe Stephen F. Austin, where he led the Ladyjacks for seven seasons. In his tenure at SFA, the team went 173-44 (.797) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament each season. The 1996 team made it all the way to the Sweet Sixteen, and Chadwick was named the Southland Coach of the Year in 1997.
He went 4-7 in NCAA Tournament games, with five of those losses coming to top-four seeds and all of them to teams seeded eighth or better. In his time in Nacogdoches he won the conference tournament six times and compiled a sparkling 128-14 (.901) mark in league play. His teams won five Southland regular-season championships.
Chadwick led Marshall to seven winning seasons in his time there, the most of any coach in program history. He won 161 games for the Thundering Herd, including a 19-win season in 2004-05 that saw the team go 12-4 in Mid-American Conference play and win the MAC East for the first time. From his third year at Marshall on, he won at least 14 games every season with the exception of one, when his team was decimated by injuries.
He also played a major role in the upswing of attendance at Marshall games. He saw a school-record 7,017 fans come through the turnstiles for a matchup with SEC foe Kentucky in 2004, marking the fourth consecutive season that the Herd had the highest-attended game in the conference. In his first season at Marshall, the team saw a 251 percent increase in attendance.
His first collegiate head coaching assignment was at Panhandle (Okla.) State, where he led his Aggie teams to 19 and 20 wins, respectively, in his two years there. At Sam Houston State, his next stop, he guided a school that had never posted a winning season to an 18-9 mark during the 1987-88 campaign, just one year removed from a 9-18 season.
In his five seasons at Howard, Chadwick posted a record of 148-21, won four Western Conference titles, advanced to the NJCAA Tournament twice and was named National Coach of the Year in 1992. A multifaceted talent, Chadwick also served as Howard’s athletic director. In 1983, Chadwick broke into the coaching ranks at Olton High School in Texas, where he led the Mustangs to a record of 21-5 and their first district championship in nine years.
Chadwick earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southwestern Oklahoma State in 1980 and later earned a master’s degree in business education from his alma mater in 1982.
Chadwick is the proud father of two daughters, Kasi and Kelsi.