Award-winning coach brings impressive resume to Cougars
Johnny Estelle became the newest member of the Houston Men's Basketball coaching staff with his hiring in July 2013.
However, Estelle is no stranger to Houston Men's Basketball. During head coach James Dickey's three-year tenure, three former and current Bulldogs have competed for the Cougars. That group includes current senior guard Jimmie Jones, former guard Darian Thibodeaux and former forward Leon Gibson.
He guided Navarro College to Region XIV Tournament titles in 2009, 2010 and 2012 and the regular-season championship in 2013. His resume also includes two NJCAA All-America First-Team honorees, 16 Region XIV All-Conference members, 12 Region XIV All-Tournament Team members and four Region XIV Texas All-Stars vs. United States All-Star Game competitors.
His 2009-10 Navarro team posted a 30-7 overall record to tie a school single-season record for wins and advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament semifinals. Earlier in the year, the program earned a No. 2 national ranking, its highest since 1979.
During his tenure, the Bulldogs averaged 25 wins per season.
Estelle and his staff were successful in placing 21 of their student-athletes in NCAA Division I programs while retaining a 93.7 percent graduation rate during his tenure.
In addition, 13 student-athletes achieved Dean's List honors with five being named to the Region XIV All-Academic Team
In his first year as a head coach, he guided the team to a 25-11 record, Region XIV Tournament championship and a berth in the NJCAA National Tournament. For his team's impressive accomplishments, he was named the Region XIV Coach of the Year, the first of three Region XIV honors during his career.
Following Navarro's season, he was selected to serve as a coach for the 2009 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship and World University Games team trials. He was one of only six coaches from across the country to receive the honor.
Estelle began his affiliation with Navarro JC as an assistant coach in 2000-01. Working with Orr, he helped lead the program to six Region XIV tournament appearances, four Region XIV tournament semifinal berths and two Region XIV tournament finals.
He entered the coaching ranks as a student assistant coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville from 1996 to 1998 and moved to a graduate assistant position in 1998-99. Estelle also served as an assistant coach at Northland Pioneer College during the 1999-00 campaign.
He then transferred to Texas A&M-Kingsville, where he played from 1994 to 1996. As a senior for coach Bill Carter, he led the Javelinas to a school-record 23 wins, the Lone Star Conference Tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament.
He earned All-Lone Star Conference Second-Team honors after averaging 16.0 points per game and swiping a school-record 88 steals. Later that season, he drained a school-record nine 3-pointers in the LSC Tournament championship against Central Oklahoma and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. It was the second straight season he was named to the league's All-Tournament Team.
He and his wife Ana have four children: sons, Jevon and Jayden, and daughters, Jasmine and Jacquelyn.