Head Coach Chris Reisman
Head Men's Basketball Coach
Chris Reisman is heading into his first season as head men's basketball coach after spending the last 12 seasons as the associate head coach for the Tarleton Men's Basketball program and 17 seasons overall as a coach for the Texans.
Chris Reisman was named the 14th head men's basketball coach in Tarleton history on March 23, 2018 after his father, Lonn Reisman, stepped down after 30 years as head coach of the Texans to move to full-time athletic director.
"We did not have to look hard for a new men's basketball head coach. He was already on the team," said President F. Dominic Dottavio. "Chris Reisman is a dyed-in-purple Texan. He played Texan basketball as a student and has set NCAA Division II records as Tarleton men's assistant and associate head coach. This is a momentous day for Tarleton and well-deserved recognition for all Chris has contributed to the program over the past 17 years."
Reisman has spent the last 12 years as the director of recruiting, scouting, academic counseling and individual development in addition to on-the-floor coaching and assisting in the day-to-day operations.
"Chris has been a part of Tarleton State University his whole life," said Tarleton Athletic Director Lonn Reisman. "He was a four-year player for this university, served as a graduate assistant, then an assistant coach and associate head coach. He's climbed the ladder and worked diligently his whole career — often times seven days a week — to get to where he is now. This basketball program wouldn't be where it is today without the dedication, vision and passion that Chris has put into Tarleton Basketball.
"He has helped me tremendously in adapting to the times and to become a better coach," Lonn Reisman added. "Chris' knowledge of the game and work ethic will carry him throughout his career, and I'm proud of everything he has accomplished. I know Tarleton Basketball will continue to be an elite program with Chris' leadership."
Reisman, who completed a four-year playing career for the Texans in 2001, has helped the team to a 461-189 (70.9 percent) record in his 20 years with the program as a player and a coach.
“Chris was a great player, but he is an even better coach,” said the elder Reisman. “He has the respect of the players because of the hard work he puts in. He takes great pride in game preparation, and he is strong in the areas of time management and organization.”
As a coach alone, Reisman has helped direct a 395-113 (77.7 percent) record his first 16 years on the coaching staff. Moreover, the Texans competed in five straight NCAA Tournaments (2002-06) and have won a Lone Star Conference record four South Central regional tournaments, including back-to-back Elite Eights in 2005 and 2006 and 2015 and 2016. Tarleton reached the Final Four in 2005 and 2015. In addition to being a part of all 14 of Tarleton’s NCAA playoff berths, Chris has helped develop six DII All-Americans in Danny Jones, Tim Burnette, David Stephens, John Davis, Chuck Guy and Romond Jenkins.
From 2010-12, Tarleton stifled opposing offenses and was recognized as the No. 1 defense in the nation in back-to-back seasons, including the Division I, III and Junior College levels, an honor that the younger Reisman is proud of. Tarleton added its third statistical championship of the Chris Reisman coaching era in 2013-14 when the Texans topped the nation in scoring margin.
The son of head coach Lonn Reisman, Chris started 34 games in his last two seasons and finished his career ranked sixth on Tarleton’s all-time assists chart with 281. Reisman led the LSC as a senior in 2001 with 6.08 assists and topped the league as a junior in 2000 with a 2.33 assist-to-turnover ratio. He played in all 29 games as a sophomore in 1999, helping the Texans to the Lone Star Conference championship game.
Reisman served on the LSC Commissioners Honor Roll as well as the secretary of the Tarleton established “Athletes Committed to Education” (ACE) organization. For three years, Reisman served on the Student Athletic Advisory Council at Tarleton.
Born in Jonesboro, Ark., Chris graduated from Stephenville High School in 1997. He was a three-year basketball letterman for the Yellow Jackets, earning first team all-district and all-region honors. He led his senior team to the area finals, the furthest it had been in over 30 years.
Reisman, who earned a bachelor’s degree in animal biology from Tarleton in May 2002, completed a master’s degree in physical education in the spring of 2004. Reisman currently serves as a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) as well as the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC).
Chris lives in Stephenville with his son, Rush.