The worst Alabama Basketball coaches of all-time

The Alabama Crimson Tide has been fortunate to have some great basketball coaches. It has also had some failures. Let's consider the four worst, going back to 1961.

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David Hobbs 1993 - 1998 - Winning Percentage 59.1%

While Hobbs' Alabama teams won more frequently than did the Grant and Johnson teams, the circumstances were quite different. As an assistant under Wimp Sanderson, Hobbs inherited an Alabama program that had made the NCAA Tournament in 10 of its last 11 seasons. In six of those seasons, Wimp's teams advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. Under Sanderson, Alabama won an SEC Regular Season Championship and five SEC Tournament Championships.

Sadly for Alabama Crimson Tide fans, the David Hobbs era was nothing like the Wimp Sanderson years. Hobbs' teams did not win any SEC championships. He did take the Crimson Tide to the NCAA Tournament in his second and third seasons as the Alabama head coach. The Crimson Tide lost in the Second Round each time.

The last two seasons in Tuscaloosa for David Hobbs brought no NCAA or NIT tournament play. Alabama stumbled to 17-17 in the 1997-97 season and 15-16 in the 1997-98 season.

After leaving Tuscaloosa, Hobbs was an assistant for seven seasons under Tubby Smith at Kentucky. He never returned to college basketball head coaching.

Hayden Riley 1961 - 1968 - Winning Percentage 49.5%

Hayden Riley was the last Alabama men's basketball coach during its 29 seasons of play in Foster Auditorium. There was nothing distinctive about the Crimson Tide program in those seasons. Under Riley, Alabama had double-digit losses every season but one. A one-word description that fits those seasons is mediocrity.

With the then Memorial Coliseum scheduled to open for the 1969 season, Paul Bryant knew the Crimson Tide basketball program needed a new leader. Riley, who had also been an assistant football coach for Bryant, was moved into athletic administration for one year, followed by 10 season as the head coach of Alabama Baseball.

Note: Alabama coaching and team records provided by Sports Reference.