Roy Skinner, Vanderbilt's winningest basketball coach, dies

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 10:53pm
Staff reports

Roy Skinner, the winningest coach in Vanderbilt basketball history, died Monday of respiratory failure at Southern Hills Medical Center.

He was 80.

A member of the inaugural class of Vanderbilt’s athletics Hall of Fame in 2009, he won 278 games and was a four-time SEC coach of the year from 1959 and 1962-73. Among the players he coached were All-Americans Clyde Lee, Tom Hagan and Jan van Breda Kolff in addition to Perry Wallace, the first black scholarship basketball player in the SEC

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at at Benton Chapel on the Vanderbilt University campus.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to the Roy Skinner Scholarship in Men's Basketball, Vanderbilt Gift Processing Office, PMB 407727, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN., 37240-7727.

The family will be notified of all gifts.


Vanderbilt will host first- and second-round games for the 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship, the NCAA announced Tuesday.

Memorial Gymnasium will be one of 16 sites to host the first two rounds of the tournament. Vanderbilt has served as a host site 11 times, with the last time being in 2006.

College Station, Texas, Little Rock, Ark. and Kingston, R.I. will all be host sites for the first time in 2012. The Final Four will be held in Denver that year.

Nashville is set to host the Women’s Final Four in 2014.