John McCullough, former head men's basketball coach at New Mexico Highlands University, was named head coach of Oklahoma Baptist University's Lady Bison basketball team in the 2000-01 season.
He has led the Lady Bison to the NAIA Tournament in each of his seasons at OBU thus far, including the 2009 NAIA Semifinals, OBU's best national tournament finish.
McCullough has coached five different NAIA All-Americans, including two NAIA Players of the Year since coming to OBU.
A 1980 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, McCullough was Big 8 Conference MVP and an All-American in 1979 when the Sooners won the Big 8 championship. He was a three-time all conference selection.
He played with the NBA's Phoenix Suns from 1980-82, and later played for the Billings Volcanoes and Ohio Mixers of the CBA. He was tournament MVP of the 1984 European champion Elan Bearnais Basketball Club in Orthez, France.
McCullough began his coaching career in 1985 as an assistant coach at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. He served from 1986-88 as assistant coach for Bliss at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where the Mustangs won the 1988 Southwest Conference title. In the 1988 off-season, McCullough played in the World Basketball League for the Las Vegas Silver Streaks.
He then moved on to serve under Bliss at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M., for eight seasons. While there, UNM won the 1993 and 1994 Western Athletic Conference championships. He took his first position as head coach at NMHU in 1996.
McCullough took the position and attempted to build the program from its single-digit wins tradition. He leaves with a four-year record of 35-69 but on the heels of the program's best record in 10 years, 15-12, and a third-place finish.
McCullough, who holds a master of science degree from UNM, also serves as assistant professor of health, physical education and recreation.
He and his wife, Stephenie, have one son, Stephen.