Former Men's Basketball Coach Robert Timmons Passes Away
PITTSBURGH?Former University of Pittsburgh men?s basketball coach and assistant football coach Robert Timmons passed away April 29, 2004. Timmons was 92.
Timmons led the Pittsburgh basketball team to eight winning seasons and four postseason appearances (1957-NCAA, 1958-NCAA, 1963-NCAA and 1964-NIT) from 1953-68. His 174 victories and 15-year tenure both rank second among all-time Pittsburgh men?s basketball coaches. His winningest season was a 19-6 campaign in 1962-63 and an 18-7 year in 1957-58, Don Hennon?s second season at Pitt. The 18 wins in 1957-58 marked the most wins in program history since the 1935-36 campaign. Some of the prominent men?s basketball players coached by Timmons included Hennon, Bob Lazor, John Riser, Calvin Sheffield and Brian Generalovich.
Timmons arrived at Pittsburgh in 1947 as an assistant football coach. He took over the men?s basketball program from H.C. ?Doc? Carlson prior to the 1953-54 season and coached 15 years while compiling a 174-189 overall record.
Timmons did not play basketball at Pitt and had been away from the game since 1947. Previous to that, he had served as head basketball coach and head football coach at Indiana State Teachers College.
He came to the University of Pittsburgh from Allegheny High School in 1930 and was a letterwinner and starter on the Pitt football team under Head Coach John B. ?Jock? Sutherland in 1933.
He coached at Smithfield High School in Ohio in 1934, moved to New Brighton in 1936, and then went to Indiana State in 1939, where he coached basketball. Along the way, he earned his masters degree and came back to Pitt as end coach in 1947.
He took time out from 1942-45 to serve as a lieutenant in the Navy, and played one year of football at Iowa Pre-Flight under Don Faurot. Timmons had sea and shore duty in the South Pacific.