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 Houston head coach Alvin Brooks enters his fourth season as associate head coach for the University of Houston men's basketball program in 2013-14.
In nearly 30 years, 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 in all aspects of the program, including recruiting, practices and opponents' scouting.
During his tenure, the Cougars have enjoyed success in the classroom as well. As a team, the Cougars have improved their cumulative grade-point average for six consecutive semesters.
With the completion of the spring 2013 semester, the Cougars posted their highest overall team GPA after a spring semester and posted their best spring GPA since 2010.
Eight student-athletes have been named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll 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 and moved furniture and equipment for local residents' Extreme Home Makeover.
RETURN TO HOUSTON
TaShawn Thomas and Joseph Young were named to various All-Conference USA and All-District teams, while forward Danuel House was recognized as the league's Freshman of the Year.
During the 2011-12 season, Brooks guided 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.
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.
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 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. 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.
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.
His son Alvin III is an assistant coach at Kansas State.