Chris Wright has been named the new head men’s basketball coach at Central Baptist College, Athletic Director Lyle Middleton announced on May 22, 2017. Wright will succeed Wes Sullivan, who resigned in April.
“Coach Wright brings a lot of experience to CBC, and we are happy to have him here,” said Middleton. “He’s been in this profession for 14 seasons, five of which have been in the NAIA and he’s been a winner. He brings a winning attitude and strong, Christian beliefs to this position.”
Wright comes to Conway from Angelo State University, an NCAA Division II institution in San Angelo Texas, where he served as an assistant on Cinco Boone’s staff last season. He helped guide the Rams to a 17-12 record and an appearance in the Lone Star Conference tournament final. During the season, ASU reached as high as fifth in the national poll. Coach Wright also was the academic coordinator helping the team to its highest GPA ever in program history and signed the number one junior college point guard before the season.
“He has strong ethics and morals and strives to do things the right way the first time. I rate him as one of the top recruiters in the country,” Middleton added.
Prior to his stop in San Angelo, Wright served as the head coach at Graceland University, an NAIA school in Lamoni, Iowa. In his lone season at Graceland, Wright nearly tripled the win total from the previous season, leading the Yellowjackets to a 17-15 record. He also had a 6-3 record against top-25 teams during the season and led the school to its first ever NAIA national ranking at 25th.
Coach also has previous experience in Arkansas, spending the 2014-15 season at Arkansas Tech in Russellville. While at Tech, Wright helped lead the Wonder Boys to an 18-win season and a trip to the NCAA Division II Tournament. He also signed the team’s leading scorer two weeks into his tenure.
In his first opportunity as a head coach, Wright led the Fresno Pacific University men’s basketball team from NAIA through a successful transition to NCAA Division II. In four seasons (2010-2014) in Fresno, Coach Wright accumulated a record of 67-52, while coaching 10 All-Americans and 15 All-Conference selections. In 2012-13, FPU’s first season as an NCAA Division II school, Wright led the team to a 21-9 record, his most wins ever as a head coach. He won two postseason games that season in the NCCAA tournament. In his first season as the head coach, Wright led the Sunbirds to a 20-11 record and the semifinals of the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament. Prior to being named the head coach at FPU in 2010, he served for four seasons (2006-2010) as the Associate Head Coach and Recruiting Coordinator under current Cal State-Los Angeles head coach Jim Saia. While serving as an assistant, the Sunbirds were ranked in the top-five in the nation twice and played in the NAIA Tournament twice, reaching the third round once.
Prior to his stop in Fresno, Coach Wright spent the 2005-06 in San Marcos, Texas, as the Director of Basketball Operations for now Ouachita Baptist head coach Dennis Nutt. While there he helped develop three players that are playing professional basketball overseas.
Wright’s coaching career began as an assistant at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. While there, Coach Wright was instrumental in signing a recruiting class that produced back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances. In total, he has coached 30 players that have gone on to play professional basketball.
Coach Wright earned his undergraduate degree in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas-Austin. He also earned a master of arts degree in Kinesiology from Fresno Pacific. He is engaged and lives in Conway.
What others are saying about Coach Wright:
"Chris Wright is an outstanding person first and foremost but he's also a tremendous basketball coach. CBC and Conway will really enjoy having him serve as their leader of the basketball program. He understands the game very well, has great connections across the country that will help bring in great recruits, and is a man who is passionate about helping his players on a daily basis with school, basketball, and life in general. His players will love him and I am certain that will lead to big things on and off the court for the CBC basketball program." – Cinco Boone, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Angelo State University
“Chris is one of the best young basketball minds in the country. I had the privilege of working with him at Texas State University. He was without a doubt, one of our best recruiters and he never left campus. He will work tirelessly on bringing exceptional talent to CBC and
I look forward to watching his teams play and compete next season.” – Dennis Nutt, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Ouachita Baptist University
“Chris is an outstanding talent in his own right. With his connections in the basketball world and his charismatic personality, he has an ability to recruit like no coach I’ve ever been around. Although my time with Chris was somewhat limited, I have no doubt that Central Baptist has hired one of the premier coaches in the NAIA and can expect an immediate impact both through recruiting and on court success. Chris is a perfectionist and a competitor who will work tirelessly until he is at the top of his profession. I’m excited to see where he can take the Mustang basketball program in the coming years.” – Matt Shelton, Athletic Director, Southwestern College of Kansas
“Chris Wright is one of the brightest and hardest working coaches in the country. He will continue the success that coach Wes Sullivan established. He is a true winner in every sense of the word.” – Jim Saia, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, California State University, Los Angeles
THE WRIGHT FILE:
Season School Pos. Record
2003-2004 St. Edwards University Assistant -
2004-2005 St. Edwards University Assistant -
2005-2006 Texas State University Dir. Of Ops. -
2006-2007 Fresno Pacific Asst./Recruit -
2007-2008 Fresno Pacific Asst./Recruit -
2008-2009 Fresno Pacific Asst./Recruit -
2009-2010 Fresno Pacific Asst./Recruit -
2010-2011 Fresno Pacific Head Coach 20-11
2011-2012 Fresno Pacific Head Coach 15-15
2012-2013 Fresno Pacific Head Coach 21-9
2013-2014 Fresno Pacific Head Coach 11-16
2014-2015 Arkansas Tech Assistant -
2015-2016 Graceland College Head Coach 17-14
2016-2017 Angelo State Assistant -
2017-pres. Central Baptist College Head Coach 0-0
Overall (5 years): 84-65
|Jalen Adams*||FR||F||5-11||179||Fort Worth, Texas||Birdville|
|Jordan Ford*||SO||G||6-2||160||Fort Worth, Texas||Richland|
|0||Andre Nikita||SR||G||6-2||180||San Diego, Calif.||Angelo State University|
|Jarma Perkins*||SO||G||5-11||160||Jonesboro, Ark.||Jonesboro|
|1||Jon Warren||JR||G/F||6-4||167||Milton, Del.||Harford Community College|
|2||Mike Welch||JR||G||5-11||170||Omaha, Neb.||Arkansas Tech|
|3||Marcel Swinton||JR||F||6-2||198||Morrilton, Ark.||Morrilton|
|4||Tony Brewster||SR||F||6-1||205||Jonesboro, Ark.||Valley View|
|5||Ashford Golden||SO||G||6-6||175||Oklahoma City, Okla.||Lamar State College|
|10||Clay Anderson||SO||G||6-1||164||Benton, Ark.||Benton|
|12||TeShawn Sims||SR||G||5-10||165||Conway, Ark.||Conway|
|14||Austen Burton||SR||F||6-9||178||El Dorado, Ark.||Blue Mountain College|
|21||Victor Dukes||JR||F||6-5||215||Jonesboro, Ark.||Garden City Community College|
|23||Andy Etienne||SR||F||6-3||215||Jersey City, N.J.||Union Community College|
|24||Percell Washington||JR||F||6-6||225||Chicago, Ill.||Triton Community College|
|25||Sammie Elem||SR||G/F||6-7||200||Chicago, Ill.||Illinois-Springfield|