Texas Tech University

Famous Transfers

Transferring? Remember that you follow a well-beaten path. Many successful individuals have started their academic careers at other colleges. Here are just a few examples.

Do you know a famous Texas Tech transfer student? Let us know!


"I may not have started at Texas Tech, but I got here as fast as I could."

Tiffany Montemayor
Political Science
Corpus Christi, TX
Transferred from Huston-Tillotson

Corey Waggoner

Corey Waggoner was chosen as the 2013-2014 Masked Rider and 52nd Texas Tech student to serve officially in the position. Corey attended South Plains College before transferring to Texas Tech.Corey makes hundreds of appearances to promote Texas Tech spirit and goodwill at athletic events, parades, rodeos, and other events. Whether charging down the football field wearing the famed cape and mask, addressing students at an elementary school, or sitting in a Texas Tech classroom, the Masked Rider represents the academic and social values of Texas Tech. As a transfer student himself, Corey advises new transfer students to attend student organization fairs, get involved, and know that you can do anything you want here at Texas Tech.

Corey Waggoner, Masked Rider and Transfer Student

Sheryl Swoopes

Initially recruited by the University of Texas, Sheryl Swoopes left the school shortly after her arrival without playing a game, and enrolled at South Plains College. After playing at South Plains for two years, Swoopes transferred to Texas Tech.

In 1993 Swoopes won the NCAA women's basketball championship with the Texas Tech Lady Raiders during her senior season. Her jersey was retired by the school the following year, making her one of only three Lady Raiders to be honored in this way. The others are Carolyn Thompson and Krista Kirkland, Swoopes' teammate from the 1993 championship team.

She was the first player to be signed in the WNBA when it was created. She has won three Olympic Gold Medals and is a three-time WNBA MVP. Frequently referred to as the "female Michael Jordan," Swoopes is famous for both her offensive and defensive skills. In 2005, she averaged 18.6 points, 85% free throws, 4.3 assists, 2.65 steals and 37.1 minutes playing time per game. In 2011, she was voted in by fans as one of the Top 15 players in WNBA history.


Tim Tadlock

Tim Tadlock is the current Texas Tech Head Baseball Coach and former
player. Tadlock was named head coach of the Texas Tech baseball program on June 8, 2012, becoming the ninth head coach in program history.In 2014, Tadlock lead his alma mater to Texas Tech's first birth in the College World Series and was named the2014 College Baseball Hall of Fame National Coach of the Year.

As a student, Tadlock transferred to Texas Tech after playingtwo years at Hill College, Tadlock was a two-year starting shortstop for the Red Raiders while helping Texas Tech to its first-ever 40-win season as a senior in 1991 (42-18).

Tadlock graduated with his bachelor's degree in physical education from Texas Tech in May 1992. He also earned a master's degree in education in August 1994 from the University of Texas at Tyler.

Tim Tadlock

Other Famous Transfer Students

  • Steven Spielberg
  • Tom Hanks
  • John Glenn
  • Robert Lee Frost
  • Bill Anoatubby
  • James Claude Wright, Jr.
  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • Martha Stewart
  • George Lucas
  • Sarah Palin
  • Barack Obama
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Warren Buffett