Nicknamed "The Bear", Don Haskins played for three years under coach Henry Iba at Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University). He also coached Texas Western College (renamed the University of Texas at El Paso in 1967) from 1961 to 1999, including the 1966 season when his team won the NCAA Tournament over the Wildcats of the University of Kentucky, coached by Adolph Rupp.
In his time at Texas Western/UTEP, he compiled a 719–353 record, suffering only five losing seasons. He won 14 Western Athletic Conference championships and four WAC tournament titles, had fourteen NCAA tournament berths and made seven trips to the NIT. Haskins led UTEP to 17 20-plus-win seasons and served as an assistant Olympic team coach in 1972.
He was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997 as a basketball coach. His 1966 team was nominated in its entirety to the Basketball Hall of Fame on September 7, 2007.
NCAA Tournament Championship (1966)
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997 as a basketball coach.
A street is named after Haskins in El Paso's East side.