In March 2020, Rich Aubrey announced he was stepping down from his role as head coach of Milligan College’s women’s basketball program to serve as Milligan’s campus minister.
Rich Aubrey took over the women’s basketball program in 1993, bringing with him a tradition of success and continued improvement. His coaching career began at Washington College Academy in Limestone, Tennessee and continued at several other stops, including Sullivan South High School in Kingsport, Tennessee before returning to his alma mater in 1993.
Since Aubrey became the head coach at Milligan, the program’s accomplishments include seven regular season conference championships (1996-97; 1997-98; 1998-99; 1999-00; 2008-09; 2009-10; 2012-13) and three conference tournament titles (1997, 1998, 1999). The Buffs made four consecutive trips to the NAIA Division II national tournament from 1997 to 2000.
The 1996-97 and the 1998-99 teams each finished with 30+ wins while going 21-0 against conference opponents. Aubrey produced two All-American honorees during that span.
Aubrey was named conference Coach of the Year nine times (1996-97; 1997-98; 1998-99; 1999-00; 2006-07; 2007-08; 2008-09; 2009-10; 2012-13), was recognized with the Champion of Character award for NAIA Regions XII and XIII following the 2005-06 season, and was the winner of the national Coach of Character honor in 2013.
Aubrey’s teams have won six Champions of Character awards (2005-06; 2006-07; 2007-08; 2008-09; 2010-11; 2011-12).
On Feb. 5, 2014, Milligan defeated Truett-McConnell College 61-44, marking Aubrey’s 400th career win. He became only the 10th coach in the history of NAIA Division II to reach the milestone. Aubrey concluded the 2013-14 season with a career record of 403-276 (59.4%).
Aubrey, a tennis player, coached the women’s tennis team for two seasons (1993, 1994) and later guided the men’s team to four conference champions of character awards (2001-02; 2002-03; 2003-04; 2005-06), coaching the men from 2001 to 2006.
Aubrey earned a BA in 1985 and MEd in 1993 from Milligan, and previously served as the director and associate professor of teacher education for the college. He also completed his Ed.D. in educational leadership in 1998 from East Tennessee State University.
Aubrey and his wife, Sheri, live in Elizabethton, Tennessee and are active at Crossroads Christian Church. They have two daughters, Erin and Amy.