Tarleton men’s basketball will be moving to NCAA Division I next season with a new head coach after Chris Reisman announced that he is stepping down as head coach of the Texans according to a school news release on Monday night.
Reisman will remain with Tarleton and received a promotion to Assistant Athletic Director of Student-Athlete Development and Strategic Initiatives as the Texans begin transitioning to the Western Athletic Conference and Division I this summer.
“I’d like to start by saying I’m so excited about the future of Tarleton Athletics led by the vision and leadership of Dr. Hurley and [Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics] Lonn Reisman,” Chris Reisman saidaccording to the school release.
“After this season, I knew in my heart it was time for me to go a different direction within the Tarleton athletics department,” Chris continued. “I’ve had incredible support along the way, but my heart has led me to step away from coaching and pursue a new and exciting role within Tarleton State Athletics.
“I want to make sure everyone knows that I’ve had unwavering support to continue coaching but this is a personal decision that I came to myself. I’m ready for a new challenge, one that will allow me to see my son Rush more but also stay close to the Tarleton family that I’ve grown up around over the last 20 years.”
Chris took over the reins as Texans head coach in 2018 following his father Lonn Reisman’s retirement. Chris played four years for his father at Tarleton before transitioning to a graduate assistant role in 2002 and later an assistant coach in 2004 before assuming associate head coach duties from 2006-2018.
Chris led Tarleton to a 39-22 overall record over the last two seasons as head coach with two appearances in the Lone Star Conference tournament.
Lonn and Chris worked together for 16 years and built the Texans into an NCAA Division II powerhouse with 414 wins, 8 LSC championships, 3 LSC tournament titles, 14 NCAA tournament appearances, four trips to the Elite Eight and two trips to the Final Four.
“Chris has been one of the main reasons this program has been among the top NCAA Division II basketball programs over the last two decades,” Lonn said. “His work ethic has been extraordinary. He has always been a perfectionist in anything that he’s passionate about and he has poured his heart and soul into this program to make it what it is today. I know he will continue to pour that same passion into his new role within the athletic department as we transition into Division I.”
“I’ll always be proud of the tradition and relationships that I’ve helped build in the Tarleton basketball program,” Chris said. “These are memories that I will cherish forever and relationships that will always have a close place in my heart. Hopefully, I’ve helped lay the groundwork over the course of my career that will help this program as it transitions into NCAA Division I and the Western Athletic Conference.
“To all the former players and staff, I want to say thank you for the part you played in my success here at Tarleton. I will never forget each of you and hope to stay in touch.”
Tarleton President Dr. James Hurley praised Chris for his work with the players and said a national search will begin immediately for the 15th head coach in the Texans men’s basketball history.
“Chris Reisman has served as an exemplary role model for the young men he has coached,” said Tarleton President Dr. James Hurley. “He deeply bleeds purple and loves this institution. I am excited about the leadership he will bring to his new role as we transition to the next level. A national search will begin to find a coach that will continue the legacy of basketball excellence the Reismans have established here at Tarleton.”