Alvin Brooks

    Houston, Texas

    High School:
    Wheatley '77

    Last College:
    Lamar '82

    Assistant Coach

    Years at Houston:
    Sixth (in 2015-16) [18th Overall]

    Alvin  Brooks


    Postgame Quotes: Houston 59, Rice 48

    Postgame Quotes: Houston 59, Rice 48


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    Former Houston head coach Alvin Brooks enters his sixth season as assistant coach with the University of Houston Men's Basketball program in 2015-16. It will be his 18th season associated with the Cougars.

    In more than 30 years on the sidelines, Brooks has competed in 18 postseason tournaments as a coach or player. He has guided 16 players who competed in the NBA with a dozen more players playing professionally overseas.

    In his current role, Brooks assists Head Coach Kelvin Sampson in all aspects of the program, including recruiting, practices and opponents' scouting. This will be his second season to serve on Sampson's staff.

    During his tenure, the Cougars have enjoyed success in the classroom as well. Eleven student-athletes have been named to the conference All-Academic Team for posting a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

    Houston also has been active in the local community. Since arriving at Houston, Brooks and the Cougars have served Thanksgiving lunches to Star of Hope Mission residents, assisted in the unloading of more than 22 tons of pumpkins for a local church's fundraiser, moved furniture and equipment for local residents' Extreme Home Makeover and conducted a Texas Special Olympics event inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

    Hometown Houston, Texas
    Education Lamar • 1982
    Bachelor's in life and earth science with minor in physical education

    Wheatley High • 1977
    Family Wife: The former Richelle Beaudion
    Daughter: Andree
    Sons: Casey, Julian, Vincent and Alvin III
    Alvin III is an assistant coach at Kansas St.
    Year School, Position
    2014 -- Houston, assistant coach
    2010-14 Houston, associate head coach
    2007-09 Kentucky, director of operations
    2004-07 Texas A&M, assistant coach
    2003-04 UTEP, assistant coach
    2001-03 North Texas, assistant coach
    1999-01 Texas Tech, assistant coach
    1993-98 Houston, head coach
    1986-93 Houston, assistant coach
    1981-86 Lamar, assistant coach
    Year Championship
    2003-04 WAC Co-Champions (UTEP)
    1992 SWC Co-Champions (UH)
    1992 SWC Classic Champions
    1983-84 Southland Conference Champions (Lamar)
    1982-83 Southland Conference Champions (Lamar)
    Level School (Years)
    College Lamar (1979-81)
    • Two-year letterman
    • 10th-round pick in 1981 NBA Draft
    • 1981 All-SLC Second Team
    • Starting point guard on NCAA
    Tournament Sweet 16 team
    • Voted by Beaumont Enterprise readers
    as one of five greatest players in LU
    history in 1997
    High School Wheatley (1979-81)
    • All-City honoree
    • 25.9 ppg, 9.0 apg as senior
    Player School
    Greg Anderson Houston
    Randy Brown Houston
    Rolando Ferreira Houston
    Anthony Goldwire Houston
    Carl Herrera Houston
    Damon Jones Houston
    Sam Mack Houston
    Bo Outlaw Houston
    Alvaro Teheran Houston
    Craig Upchurch Houston
    Rickie Winslow Houston
    Andre Emmett Texas Tech
    Acie Law IV Texas A&M
    Antoine Wright Texas A&M
    Fili Rivera UTEP
    Tom Sewall Lamar
    In 2014-15, Houston overcame injuries throughout the season to win their final three regular-season games and upset Tulane in the First Round of the American Athletic Conference Championship. The Cougars also enjoyed a win against defending national champion UConn inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

    During the 2013-14 season, the Cougars knocked off eventual national champion UConn in a New Year's Showdown inside Hofheinz Pavilion in the inaugural American Athletic Conference game for both programs.

    The Cougars went on to record three wins against nationally ranked opponents, the program's highest single-season total since 1983-84.

    In 2012-13, Brooks helped lead the Cougars to a 20-13 record -- the program's first 20-win season since 2009 -- and a berth in the College Basketball Invitational quarterfinals following a thrilling 73-72 win against Texas inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

    In 2011-12, Brooks helped guide the Cougars to wins against Arkansas and NCAA Tournament participant Southern Miss.

    Through his work with the Cougar backcourt, guard Jonathon Simmons was named to the RAMADA College Classic All-Tournament Team and was named the Conference USA Player of the Week in late February 2012.

    Off the court, four Cougars earned places on the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll with cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or higher.

    On the recruiting side, Brooks played a key role in the Cougars' award-winning signing class which ranked among the nation's top 25 by several national media organizations.

    Returning to Houston in 2010-11, Brooks helped lead the Cougars to 12 wins, including a 76-71 upset of No. 19/18 UCF at Hofheinz Pavilion early in the Conference USA season.

    Guard Zamal Nixon was named to the league's All-Defensive Team and ranked third nationally with a 92.2 free throw percentage.

    However, the 2010-11 season was the not first time that Brooks worked with the Cougars. He served as the head coach at Houston from 1993 to 1998, becoming the first African-American head coach in program history and one of the nation's youngest head coaches at that time.

    During his head coaching tenure, he led the Cougars to a 17-10 overall record and second-place finish in the Southwest Conference in 1995-96. The Cougars also enjoyed a pair of wins against nationally ranked teams that season against No. 3 Memphis and No. 19 Tulsa in double overtime.

    Following his head coaching stint at Houston, Brooks served as an assistant coach at Texas Tech (1999-01), North Texas (2001-03), UTEP (2003-04) and Texas A&M (2004-07). Before rejoining the Cougars, Brooks worked as the director of operations at Kentucky from 2007 to 2009.

    In 1986, he first began his career at the University of Houston as an assistant coach. In seven seasons, he helped lead the Cougars to a 142-73 overall record with three NCAA Tournament appearances and three NIT berths. The Cougars also swept the 1992 Southwest Conference regular season and SWC Postseason Classic championships.

    Brooks began his coaching career as an assistant at Lamar in 1982. In five seasons on the sidelines with the Cardinals, he helped guide the program to a combined 115-44 record, two Southland Conference championships and five postseason tournament appearances.

    Before joining the coaching ranks, Brooks was an award-winning player in college and high school. As a senior at Houston's Wheatley High School, he averaged 25.9 points and 9.0 assists per game on the way to earning All-City honors.

    He began his collegiate career in record-setting fashion at Sam Houston State, where he set the Bearkats' single-season record with 165 assists and was named the Lone Star Conference Freshman of the Year. He also received All-Lone Star Conference Honorable Mention after averaging 14.2 points and 5.2 assists per game.

    Following his freshman season, he left SHSU and competed at Henderson County Junior College, leading the team to a 20-8 record as a sophomore.

    Transferring to Lamar, Brooks was the starting point guard for two NCAA Tournament teams that posted a combined 47-6 record. As a junior, he led the 10th-seeded Cardinals into the Sweet 16 with a win against No. 5 Oregon State.

    As a senior, he was an All-Southland Conference Second-Team selection after setting school records for single-game assists, season and career.

    Brooks is a 1982 graduate of Lamar with a bachelor's degree in life and earth science with a minor in physical education.

    Following his collegiate playing days, he was selected in the 10th round of the 1981 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs.

    He and his wife Richelle have five children: daughter Andree and sons Casey, Julian, Vincent and Alvin III. The family lives in Houston.

    His son Alvin III is an assistant coach at Kansas State.

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