Veteran Leaders, Talented Newcomers Poised for Great Things
Comes to the Cougars following stints at Tulane, The Citadel, Tarleton State and UNC Pembroke
Freshmen forwards Danuel House, Danrad Knowles to join Cougars in 2012-13
Former Cougar head coach Alvin Brooks enters his third season as associate head coach for the University of Houston men's basketball program in 2012-13.
In nearly 30 years, Brooks has competed in 17 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 James Dickey in all aspects of the program, including scheduling, recruiting, practices and opponents' scouting.
RETURN TO HOUSTON
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.
Guard Joseph Young was one of two Cougars named to the league's All-Freshman Team and was honored as the C-USA Freshman of the Week in late February 2012.
Off the court, four Cougars - including guards LeRon Barnes and Jherrod Stiggers - 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 was ranked among the nation's top 20 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. Forwards Maurice McNeil and Alandise Harris were named the Conference USA Player and Freshman of the Week, respectively, at various points during the season.
DISTINGUISHED COACHING CAREER
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) - where he worked on Dickey's staff - 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.
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.
His son Alvin III is an assistant coach at Kansas State.