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Jack Gray (May 12, 1911 – March 7, 1992), who played for the Texas Longhorns men's basketball team from 1933 to 1935, took over with only one year of coaching experience at the age of 25. He would lead the Longhorns to five winning seasons in his first six years (1937-1942) and led the Longhorns to their first Elite Eight in the very first NCAA Tournament in 1939. After returning from World War II, Gray led the Longhorns to their first Final Four in the 1947 NCAA Tournament. He coached Basketball Hall of Famer Slater Martin from 1944 to 1949.

Also, Gray got his Longhorns in the then-elite National Invitation Tournament (in 1948), their first AP Poll ranking (#20 in 1949), was a master at the one-handed set shot, set a Southwest Conference record with 33 points in 1933 as a player (which stood for sixteen years, broken by pupil Martin), was a First-Team All-American guard in 1935 and was All-SWC all three years of his varsity career.

He ranks third all-time in Longhorns basketball history in wins with 194 victories to 97 losses, and also had a final Southwest Conference record of 89-55.

Season Coach Record Conference Championships Final AP /
Coaches' Poll
Rankings
Postseason
Overall Conference
1936-37 Jack Gray 13-10 5-7 (t-5th)
1937-38 Jack Gray 11-11 5-7 (5th)
1938-39 Jack Gray 19-6 10-2 (1st) SWC Champions NCAA Elite Eight
West Regional Fourth Place
1939-40 Jack Gray 18-5 8-4 (2nd)
1940-41 Jack Gray 14-10 7-5 (3rd)
1941-42 Jack Gray 14-9 5-7 (5th)
Jack Gray (1936-42, 1945-51)
1945-46 Jack Gray 16-7 7-5 (3rd)
1946-47 Jack Gray 26-2 12-0 (1st) SWC Champions NCAA Final Four
Third Place
1947-48 Jack Gray 20-5 9-3 (2nd) NIT Quarterfinals
1948-49 Jack Gray 17-7 7-5 (4th)
1949-50 Jack Gray 13-11 6-6 (t-4th)
1950-51 Jack Gray 13-14 8-4 (t-1st) SWC Co-Champions
Jack Gray: 194-97 (.667) 89-55 (.618)

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