McCallum previously coached Houston, Ball State

Updated: June 22, 2004, 9:15 PM ET
Associated Press

NORMAN, Okla. -- Ray McCallum, who formerly was a head coach at Houston and Ball State, was hired Tuesday as an assistant coach at Oklahoma, coach Kelvin Sampson said.

"We were looking for a coach who possesses tremendous character and integrity, and who would represent our university and our basketball program in the right ways," Sampson said.

McCallum, 43, was 44-73 in four years with Houston before being reassigned to be the athletic department fund-raiser last season. During his tenure, the Cougars made one postseason appearance, in the 2002 NIT.

Before coaching at Houston, McCallum was 126-76 in seven seasons at his alma mater, Ball State, and led the Cardinals to two NCAA Tournament appearances and one trip to the NIT.

McCallum said he was honored to join Sampson's staff.

"I'm here to do what needs to be done to help win Big 12 championships, Big 12 tournaments and national championships," McCallum said. "Our sights are set high."

McCallum began his career as an assistant at Wisconsin and was briefly on Michigan's coaching staff in 1993 before he took the head coaching job at Ball State.

When he graduated in 1983, the West Memphis, Ark., native was Ball State's career scoring leader. He later became the first Ball State athlete to have his jersey retired.

McCallum joins Bennie Seltzer and Bob Hoffman on Sampson's staff. Hoffman and McCallum replace Jimmy Tubbs, who was hired as SMU's new head coach, and Jim Shaw, who left to become an assistant coach at Washington.


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