Gary Colson was an American basketball coach and executive.
The Logansport, Indiana native guided several college men’s basketball teams, including Valdosta State University, Pepperdine University, University of New Mexico and California State University, Fresno.
He compiled a 563–385 (.594) record over 34 seasons of coaching between 1959 and 1995. In 2002, he joined the Memphis Grizzlies’ front office as Assistant to the President of Basketball Operations.
In his later years, Coach Colson was a basketball instructor at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Coach Colson earned his bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education from David Lipscomb College (now Lipscomb University) in 1956.
He was inducted into the Lipscomb Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998 in the “Athlete” category.
Colson died on November 3, 2023, after a battle with lymphoma. He was 89
Who was Gary Colson?
Gary Colson was born on April 30, 1934 in Logansport, Indiana.
He graduated from David Lipscomb College (now Lipscomb University) in 1956 and earned a master’s degree in education at Vanderbilt University in 1958.
He started his coaching career at Valdosta State University in 1958 and later coached at Pepperdine University, University of New Mexico and California State University, Fresno.
He was the Western Athletic Conference coach of the year in 1984.
He also lobbied to add the 3-point shot in college basketball. He was inducted into the Lipscomb Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998.
Gary Colson Cause Of Death
Coach Colson died of complications of lymphoma at home in Santa Barbara, California on November 3, 2023. He was 89 years old
Gary Colson Wife
Colson’s wife was Mary Katherine. He is survived by her and his two sons, a daughter, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren
Gary Colson Children
Gary Colson had three adult children from a previous marriage: two sons, Rick and Wade, and a daughter, Garianne.
Gary Colson Net Worth
The net worth of Coach Colson remains undisclosed at the time of his passing.
While the exact figures of his net worth remain undisclosed, it is widely speculated that Colson’s fortune was substantial, placing him among the wealthiest individuals of his time.
Gary Colson Illness
Colson died of complications of lymphoma at home in Santa Barbara, California on November 3, 2023.
Gary Colson Funeral
No details about his funeral service have been announced yet.