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Head Coach Royce Chadwick
Royce Chadwick enters his eigth season at the helm of the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Women’s Basketball program and his 38th overall year as a head coach, sporting a career record of 660-418 (.615) along with an 97-117 (.442) mark on the Island.
The 2018-2019 season ended in spectacular fashion. The Islanders were able to win three games in three days on the way to the Southland Tournament Title game. Alexes Bryant and Dalesia Booth were voted to the southland conference tournament team.
The 2017-18 season proved another positive year for the Islanders as Chadwick guided the squad to a 19-12 (11-7 Southland) mark, falling to eventual champion Nicholls State in the second round of the conference tournament.
Chadwick led the Islanders to a memorable semifinal run at the Southland Conference Tournament in 2016-17, earning a pair of victories over Northwestern State and New Orleans before narrowly missing out on an upset of eventual champion Central Arkansas.
On Nov. 18, 2015, Chadwick became the 44th coach in women’s college basketball history to reach 600 career wins, topping Rice 60-55 at the Dugan Wellness Center. The Islanders wrapped up the remainder of the 2015-16 season with a 9-20 overall record.
In his first three seasons at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Chadwick output 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 Year honor (first came during tenure at Stephen F. Austin) and set the record for longest duration between awards.
A 34-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.
The Floydada, Texas, native crafted a strong career record of 561-301 (.650) prior to accepting his current position with the Island University, making stops at Marshall, Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston State, Oklahoma Panhandle State and Howard Junior College. In 29 years at the Division I level, Chadwick holds a 372-254 (.594) record with seven NCAA Tournament appearances.
Much of Chadwick's success came at Southland foe Stephen F. Austin, where he led the Ladyjacks for seven seasons. Throughout his tenure at SFA, the team went 173-44 (.797) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament each season. The 1996 team reached the Sweet Sixteen, and Chadwick was named the Southland Coach of the Year one season later in 1997.
On his career, Chadwick owns a 4-7 NCAA Tournament mark with five of those losses coming to top-four seeds and all of them to programs seeded eighth or better. Throughout his time in Nacogdoches, Texas, he secured the Southland Conference Tournament title six times and compiled a sparkling 128-14 (.901) mark in league play. Further, Chadwick's teams won five Southland regular-season championships.
Chadwick led Marshall to seven winning seasons during his time in West Virginia, the most of any coach in program history. He compiled 161 victories 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 in school history. From his third year at Marshall on, Chadwick managed 14 wins or more 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. Chadwick 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 came with Panhandle (Okla.) State, where he led his Aggie teams to 19 and 20 wins, respectively, across two seasons. At Sam Houston State, his next stop, Chadwick 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 Junior College, Chadwick compiled 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 21-5 record and their first district championship in nine years.
Chadwick earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southwestern Oklahoma State in 1980 before returning for his master’s degree in business education two years later.
Chadwick is the proud father of two daughters, Kasi and Kelsi.