Jeff Lebo

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Jeff Lebo
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1966-10-05) October 5, 1966 (age 51)
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Playing career
1985–1989 North Carolina
1989 San Antonio Spurs
Position(s) Shooting guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1990–1992 East Tennessee State (asst.)
1992–1993 Vanderbilt (asst.)
1993–1998 South Carolina (asst.)
1998–2002 Tennessee Tech
2002–2004 Chattanooga
2004–2010 Auburn
2010–2017 East Carolina
Head coaching record
Overall 325–273 (.543)
Accomplishments and honors
OVC regular season championship (2001, 2002)
CIT championship (2013)
3x OVC Coach of the Year (2000, 2001, 2002)

Jeffrey Brian Lebo (born October 5, 1966) is an American college basketball coach. He was previously the head men's basketball coach at East Carolina (2010-2017), Auburn University (2004–2010), the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (2002–04), and Tennessee Tech (1998–2002). Before becoming a head coach, he spent a total of eight years as an assistant coach at South Carolina, Vanderbilt, and East Tennessee State.

Lebo was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. As a high school player, he played for his father, Dave Lebo, at Carlisle High School, where he was a McDonald's All-American. The elder Lebo would later serve as an assistant to his son, at Auburn. As a collegian, Lebo was a 4-year starter(1986–1989) while playing for legendary coach Dean Smith at the University of North Carolina. While at Carolina, Lebo set the Tar Heel record for most consecutive free throws made (41 from January 3 to March 12, 1989), the most assists in a single game (17 vs. Chattanooga on November 18, 1988) and graduated with the highest ever free throw shooting percentage (.839) in Tar Heel history. Lebo was also an Academic All American and graduated in 1989 with a degree in Business Administration. After leaving the Tar Heels, Lebo had a brief NBA career as a member of the San Antonio Spurs during the 1989-90 season, appearing in four games.

On March 12, 2010, following a loss to Florida in the 2010 SEC men's basketball tournament in Nashville, Lebo was fired as the head basketball coach after compiling a 96-93 record at Auburn and no post-season NCAA tournament bids.[1]

On March 22, 2010, Lebo was named head coach at East Carolina University.[2] During his first year in Greenville, Lebo led the ECU Pirates basketball team to 18 wins, their first winning season since 1997, and a spot in the 2011 Tournament which was the first post-season appearance by the Pirates since the 1993 NCAA Tournament. The 18 wins were the second most wins ever by the ECU Pirates since becoming a Division I basketball team. During his third year at ECU, Lebo again led the Pirates to the CIT Tournament. The Pirates defeated Weber State and won the 2013 Postseason Tournament Championship that year. On November 29, 2017, Lebo announced his resignation as the ECU Basketball Coach. He posted a 116-122 mark during his tenure at ECU.[3]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Tennessee Tech (Ohio Valley Conference) (1998–2002)
1998–99 Tennessee Tech 12–15 8–10 T–7th
1999–00 Tennessee Tech 16–12 11–7 T–3rd
2000–01 Tennessee Tech 20–9 13–3 1st
2001–02 Tennessee Tech 27–7 15–1 1st NIT Quarterfinals
Tennessee Tech: 75–43 (.636) 47–21 (.691)
Chattanooga (Southern Conference) (2002–2004)
2002–03 Chattanooga 21–9 11–5 2nd (South)
2003–04 Chattanooga 19–11 10–6 2nd (North)
Chattanooga: 40–20 (.667) 21–11 (.656)
Auburn (Southeastern Conference) (2004–2010)
2004–05 Auburn 14–17 4–12 T–5th (West)
2005–06 Auburn 12–16 4–12 T–5th (West)
2006–07 Auburn 17–15 7–9 T–3rd (West)
2007–08 Auburn 14–16 4–12 6th (West)
2008–09 Auburn 24–12 10–6 2nd (West) NIT Quarterfinals
2009–10 Auburn 15–17 6–10 T–4th (West)
Auburn: 96–93 (.508) 35–61 (.365)
East Carolina (Conference USA) (2010–2014)
2010–11 East Carolina 18–16 8–8 T–7th CIT First Round
2011–12 East Carolina 15–16 5–11 10th
2012–13 East Carolina 23–12 9–7 T–4th CIT Champions
2013–14 East Carolina 17–17 5–11 T–12th CIT First Round
East Carolina (American Athletic Conference) (2014–2017)
2014–15 East Carolina 14–19 6–12 T–7th
2015–16 East Carolina 12–20 4–14 T–9th
2016–17 East Carolina 15–18* 6–12* 9th
2017–18 East Carolina 2–4**
East Carolina: 116–122 (.487) 43–75 (.364)
Total: 327–277 (.541)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

*Lebo underwent hip surgery on January 16, 2017 and missed the rest of the 2016–17 season. Assistant coach Michael Perry took over as head coach in Lebo's absence. At the time of Lebo's absence, ECU was 9–10 overall and 1–5 in AAC play.[4]

**Lebo resigned on November 29, 2017.


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