October 25, 1941|
Centenary College of Louisiana|
University of Illinois
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
Litchfield HS (asst.)|
Hawaii (assoc. HC)
Seminole JC (OK)
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
349–262 (NCAA D-I)|
68–36 (junior college)
0–3 (NCAA D-I)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
Robert Riley Wallace (born October 25, 1941) is a retired American basketball coach who was most recently head men's basketball coach at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Early life and college playing career
Born in Alton, Illinois, Wallace graduated from Jersey Community High School in Jerseyville, Illinois in 1959. After high school, Wallace attended Centenary College of Louisiana and started at forward all three years on the Centenary Gentlemen varsity basketball team from 1960 to 1963. Wallace led Centenary in field goal percentage with at least 8 attempts per game (.450) as a sophomore in 1960–61 and rebounding (222 n the season, 8.5 per game) as a junior in 1961–62.
After graduating from Centenary, Wallace became an assistant basketball coach at Litchfield High School in Litchfield, Illinois under Larry Little. Wallace was also track and field head coach at Litchfield High from 1964 to 1967. In 1966, Wallace became head coach and would lead Litchfield for five seasons with a 69–59 record and the 1970 regional title. Wallace completed a Master of Education degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign College of Education in 1968.
In 1971, Wallace returned to Centenary College to be assistant basketball coach, again under Larry Little. He became head basketball coach and athletic director in 1976, then resigned midway in the 1977–78 season to be associate head coach at Hawaii, again under Little. Wallace remained in this position until 1984.
After coaching at Seminole JC, Wallace returned to Hawaii to be head coach. When Wallace took over the program in 1987, it had suffered through four-straight losing seasons, including a combined 11-43 mark during the latter two years. He guided Hawaii to nine of its 12 all-time postseason appearances, including a school-record streak of four straight from 2001-04. The Warriors appeared in the NCAA Tournament three times under Wallace and were invited to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) on six occasions. Prior to his arrival, the program had just one NCAA appearance and two trips to the NIT.
Wallace announced his resignation following the end of the 2006-07 season on December 29, 2006.
Head coaching record
*Resigned in January 1978 to become associate head coach at Hawaii.
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- University of Illinois Board of Trustees Minutes. September 18, 1970. p. 106.
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- Centenary College of Louisiana Catalogue, 1970-1971, p. 109.
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- Munn, Scott (December 5, 1985). "Seminole Taller, Off to Faster Start". The Oklahoman. Retrieved May 13, 2015.