Guy Furr begins his 18th year at Trinity Valley Community College in 2018-19. After years as an assistant coach he become the 10th head men's basketball coach in school history in 2016. Furr also serves as the Kinesiology Division Chair.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be the head coach at TVCC,” Furr said. “I’m extremely thankful to Dr. King, Coach Brad Smiley, and the Board of Regents for the incredible opportunity to lead the Cardinal program into the future. It’s a role and a responsibility that I cherish and take extremely seriously”.
In Furr's first three seasons as the head coach, his Cardinals have averaged 26.7 wins a year with a winning percentage of 80 percent; winning 80 of 100 games. This winning percentage is very impressive considering the 2017-18 and 2018-19 schedule was both rated within the the top 5 toughest in JUCO basketball by the Massey Ratings. After the 2017-18 season Furr received the prestegious TABA Junior College Coach of the Year award in San Antonio. At the end of the 2018-19 season Coach Furr received the "NJCAA Region XIV Coach of the Year Award".
"TVCC is committed to having a winning basketball program where student-athletes excel both on and off the court," Trinity Valley President Jerry King said. "Hiring Coach Furr was the next step in this journey. He is a top-flight coach with a track record of conference titles, post-season tournament appearances and student-athlete academic success. He was certainly the right coach at the right time to take our program to the next level."
In his first 14-years at TVCC (1987-92, 2007-16), Furr served as assistant coach to the three winningest coaches in school history: Leon Spencer, Pat Smith and Baumann. Furr began his TVCC career on Spencer's staff in 1987. He left after the 1992 season to return 15 years later on Smith's staff.
When Furr left TVCC, he didn't leave the area. Remaining an Athens resident, he coached and was the head boys basketball coach and principal at Martins Mill ISD for five years. He then worked at Kemp ISD as an administrator for five years, including one season as interim head boys’ basketball coach. Furr left Kemp for Murchison ISD, where he was superintendent for five years.
During his first tenure at TVCC, Furr was instrumental in recruiting Nick Van Exel and Shawn Kemp, both of whom went on to play in the NBA. Both players are considered future Hall of Fame selections. Kemp was a member of the NBA Dream Team and played a major role in helping the United States win a gold medal. Furr has recruited 8 All-Americans and 2 members of the Trinity Valley Hall of Fame.
Known as a “gym rat”, Furr is an experienced shooting instructor and has hosted camps for the Shot Doctor in 34 different states. He has also worked and spoke at many major colleges across the country. His Cardinal Basketball camp is attended by over 100 kids from all over East Texas each summer.
Furr is a native of Murray, Kentucky. After playing basketball at Bethel College in Tennessee, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Murray State University and his Master's Degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He received his superintendents certification from Stephen F. Austin.
Guy has two children Alex, a recent graduate of Fresno State University and now a member of the women's basketball coaching staff at New Mexico Junior College, and Preston, a student assistant coach at TVCC.