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Donnie Tyndall

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Sport(s)  Basketball
1997–2001  LSU (asst.)
Spouse  Nikki Young (m. 2014)
1996–1997  St. Catharine JC
Career end  1993

1990–1993  Morehead State
Role  Basketball Coach
1989–1990  Iowa Central CC
Name  Donnie Tyndall
Siblings  Ann Tyndall Fox
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Born  June 14, 1970 (age 45) Ravenna, Michigan (1970-06-14)
1994–1996  Iowa Central CC (asst.)
People also search for  Rick Barnes, Doc Sadler, Taylor Elise Tyndall, Grace Elizabeth Tyndall
Children  Taylor Elise Tyndall, Grace Elizabeth Tyndall
Education  Louisiana State University (2000), Morehead State University (1993)

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Donald Joseph "Donnie" Tyndall (born June 14, 1970) is an American basketball coach currently working as an assistant coach for Raptors 905 of the NBA Development League after being placed on a 10 year show-cause penalty relating to activity during his time as head coach at Southern Miss on April 8, 2016.


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His teams are known for pressing and playing an unconventional match-up zone, a highly successful variation of the defensive system employed by coach Rick Pitino at Louisville.

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As an assistant / Junior College head coach

After graduating from Morehead State University in 1993, Tyndall began coaching at the junior college level. From 1994 to 1996, he was assistant coach at Iowa Central Community College. Tyndall had his first head coaching position in the 1996–97 season at St. Catharine College in Springfield, Kentucky. Tyndall led St. Catharine to a 30–5 record and the school's first-ever NJCAA tournament appearance. In 1997, Tyndall earned NJCAA Region 7 National Coach of the Year and Kentucky Junior College Coach of the Year honors.

After his season at St. Catharine, Tyndall got his first NCAA Division I coaching position as an assistant at LSU under John Brady, a position he would hold from 1997 to 2001. Tyndall helped LSU finish first in the SEC West Division in the 1999–00 season and make the Sweet 16 round of the 2000 NCAA Tournament. This LSU team also featured Stromile Swift, the #2 pick in the 2000 NBA draft.

In the 2001–02 season, Tyndall served as associate head coach at Idaho under Leonard Perry.

From 2002 to 2006, Tyndall was associate head coach at Middle Tennessee under Kermit Davis. Middle Tennessee had winning seasons all four of those seasons.

Morehead State (2006-2012)

In his first Division I head coaching job, Tyndall served as head coach at his alma mater Morehead State from 2006 to 2012. Morehead State under Tyndall won the Ohio Valley Conference tournaments of 2009 and 2011 and earned automatic NCAA Tournament bids those years. Morehead State also made the 2010 College Basketball Invitational.

In August 2010, the NCAA placed Morehead State on two years' probation for violations by boosters. As a #13 seed, Morehead State upset #4 seed Louisville 62-61 in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

Southern Miss (2012-2014)

Tyndall was the head coach at the Southern Miss from 2012 to 2014. Southern Miss made the National Invitation Tournament in 2013 and 2014 and finished first in Conference USA standings for the 2013–14 season. Tyndall went 56–17 as head coach at Southern Miss, but in 2016, the NCAA vacated all 56 wins due to academic fraud.

Tennessee (2014-2015)

On April 22, 2014, Tyndall was hired as head basketball coach at the University of Tennessee, after spending the previous two seasons as the head basketball coach at Southern Miss.

On March 27, 2015, Tennessee fired Tyndall after the NCAA notified Tennessee officials of possible major violations at Southern Miss. The violations centered around improper financial aid for two players, as well as academic problems with junior college transfers. According to a copy of Tyndall's termination letter, Tyndall had lied to Tennessee officials about the extent of the violations on several occasions, and had also deleted several emails from an old email account dating to his time at Morehead State even though he was aware he would have been questioned about activity on that account by the NCAA. Athletics director Dave Hart said that in all likelihood, Tyndall would have faced significant discipline from the NCAA for his role in the violations at Southern Miss. Former coach Bruce Pearl had been slapped with an eight-game suspension during what proved to be his final season in Knoxville for major recruiting violations, and Tennessee didn't want a repeat of that experience. Hart said that he would have never hired Tyndall had the true extent of the violations at Southern Miss been known.

On April 8, 2016, the NCAA imposed a 10-year show-cause penalty on Tyndall, to run until April 7, 2026--tied for the longest ever imposed on a head coach. This means that any NCAA member school that wants to hire him during this period will have to "show cause" for why it shouldn't be sanctioned for doing so, and could incur severe penalties if he commits another violation during this time. It also stipulates that any penalties imposed on Tyndall will follow him to any NCAA member school if he is ever hired again. According to the NCAA, Tyndall told his assistants to complete papers for players, and also arranged payments to players and tried to cover them up. The NCAA deemed Tyndall's violations so egregious that it required any NCAA member school who hires him during his show-cause to suspend him from coaching duties--effectively banning him from coaching at any NCAA member school until the end of the 2025-26 season. This was very unusual, since a show-cause usually has the effect of blackballing a coach from the collegiate ranks at least for the duration of the show-cause; most schools will not even consider hiring a coach with such a severe penalty on his record. In another unusual move, the NCAA decreed that if Tyndall ever coaches again at an NCAA member school after the show-cause runs out, he must sit out the first half of the first season after his return. USA Today called it the most severe penalty that the NCAA has ever meted out to a head coach.

On November 4, 2016, Tyndall was hired by Raptors 905 to be an assistant coach.


* Southern Miss's original records were 27–10 (12–4, 2nd in C-USA) in 2012–13 and 29–7 (13–3, 1st in C-USA) in 2013–14. However, all 56 wins from those seasons were vacated by the NCAA due to participation of academically ineligible players.


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