Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Updated April 2013
Jeff Lebo was named the 16th Head Men’s Basketball Coach at UTC in 2002. He coached for two campaigns forging a record of 40-20 (.667). His 66.7 winning percentage is third all-time at the school behind legends Murray Arnold (.726) and Ron Shumate (695).
His squads went 21-9 and 19-11 finish second in their respective divisions both seasons with a total SoCon record of 21-11 (.656). Both of his squads reached the Southern Conference Tournament title game falling to ETSU both times.
Lebo coached two-time All-SoCon performer Ashley Champion and had five All-SoCon Tournament performers. He departed Chattanooga to take over Auburn’s program for a six-year run (2004-10).
NOTABLE PLAYERS (Chronological Order)
Ashley Champion (2002-03): Ashley became the 13th Moc to score 1,000 career points in the DI era tallying 1,005 in 60 games in his two years in Chattanooga. He finished his career sixth in scoring average at 16.8 points per contest and seventh in field goal percentage (56.4%) which is the best figure of anyone with more than 400 attempts (357-633). Champion also holds the school record for field goal percentage in a game making all 12 attempts en route to a 30-point effort in the November 22, 2002 win over Samford in his first game as a Moc.
Alphonso Pugh (2003-06): Pugh played for Lebo (2003-04) and John Shulman (2005-06) in his four-year career. He is the 14th UTC student-athlete to eclipse 1,000 points in the DI era posting 1,141. It was the seventh-highest total at the time. He grabbed 524 rebounds which was sixth most at the time.
Ray Trowell (2003-04): Trowell was Lebo’s point guard both seasons. He accumulated 322 assists which was fourth all-time in 2004 with 180 coming in his first year, 2002-03. He averaged 5.4 assists and 1.5 steals per contest over 60 games.
- Lebo’s Mocs squad started a run of four straight SoCon Tournament Championship Game appearances from 2003-06.
- Both his teams ended up in the top 10 in the DI era in points scored with 2,435 points in 2002-03 ranking ninth and 2,463 in 2003-04 ranking seventh upon his departure.
- His 2003 squad posted the high free throw percentage in the DI era shooting 75.7 percent (517-683).
- Lebo was 2-0 against Davidson and 3-1 against College of Charleston for his career at UTC.
- His teams were 21-7 in McKenzie Arena (11-5 SoCon) and 15-11 on the road (10-6 SoCon).
Born in Carlisle, Pa., Lebo was a four-year starter for the legendary Dean Smith at North Carolina from 1986-89. He set the Tar Heels record for most assists in a game with 17 against Chattanooga on November 18, 1988. He came to UTC after four years at Tennessee Tech accumulating a record of 75-43.