CANYON – West Texas A&M’s Tom Brown was named the 17th head basketball coach in program history on April 16th and now Brown has announced the addition of Chris Gove to the Buff Basketball coaching staff as the new Associate Head Coach. Gove comes to Canyon after spending 16 seasons at DII powerhouse Winona State where he and Brown served as assistants.
“Chris Gove is an unbelievable addition to Buff Basketball, he has more knowledge and understanding of the game of basketball than any other coach I know” said Brown “It is truly an honor to have Chris as the Associate Head Coach at WT, his coaching style and preparation to detail along with his desire to win, make him the perfect fit for Buff Basketball. I’m extremely excited to be able to work with Chris again.”
Gove helped coach the Warriors to the NCAA Division II National Championship in 2006 and 2008, while also playing for the title in 2007. Winona State set a NCAA Division II record with 57 consecutive wins, a run that began on Jan. 13, 2006 against Wayne State and didn’t end until the national title game on March 24, 2007. The 2007-08 Warrior squad won 38 games, an all-division NCAA record and WSU posted a 105-6 combined record during the 2005-06 through 2007-08 seasons. Winona’s consistent success allowed the Warriors to be named Division II Bulletin’s ‘Program of the Decade’ for the first decade of the 21st century.
Winona State won at least 20 games in each of the last nine seasons and the team advanced to the NCAA Tournament nine times in Gove’s 16 years on the bench, including a streak of seven straight appearances from 2005-11. WSU registered an overall record of 342-131 during his 16 seasons, an astounding winning percentage of .723.
Four times Gove helped coach the Warriors to the NCAA Regional Title, including most recently in 2013. Winona State is a perfect 4-0 in regional title games with Gove on the bench, also winning regional championships in 2006, 2007 and 2008. During Gove’s Winona State tenure Winona State won six NSIC Championships and five NSIC Tournament titles.
An excellent recruiter and teacher, Gove had a hand in tutoring some of the best players in Winona State history. Under the WSU coaching staff, John Smith was named NCAA Division II Player of the Year after both the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons while Clayton Vette won the honor after the 2012-13 campaign. Six Warriors were named first team All-Americans, while 13 players total have earned All-American status under Gove’s watchful eye.
Gove played basketball at Winona State for two seasons while also playing baseball for the Warriors, he started at first base on the WSU’s 1992 NAIA third place team and he was an All-American during the 1994 season while earning All-District honors in 1993 and 1994. Gove holds degrees in Business Administration and Physical Education from Winona State and he earned a Master of Science degree from WSU in 2004.
Gove and his wife Katie are the proud parents of two daughters, Sydney and Jordyn.