MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State men’s basketball coach Bruce Weber continued to fill out his coaching staff on Monday, adding Alvin Brooks III as an assistant coach.
Brooks’ contract details are still being finalized, but he will earn a base salary of $150,000 for 2012-13. He joins assistant coach Chris Lowery, who was hired on April 13.
“I’m very excited to add Alvin to the staff,” said Weber. “One of my top priorities was to get someone with strong ties to the state of Texas and Alvin gives us that. He has developed great relationships with the high school and AAU coaches in the state during his time recruiting the state the past eight years. He also has great bloodlines with his father (Alvin Brooks II) being a very well-known coach in Texas.”
Brooks has more than eight years of college coaching experience, including stints at Arkansas-Fort Smith (2004-06), Midland College (2006-07), Bradley (2007-10) and Sam Houston State (2010-12). Twice he was part of a staff that won national championships, including back-to-back NJCAA titles at Arkansas-Fort Smith (2005-06) and Midland (2006-07), while he helped Bradley advance to the finals of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) in 2007-08 and CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) in 2008-09.
“I got to know Alvin when he was an assistant to Jim Les at Bradley,” said Weber. “He has really worked his way up the coaching ladder, working for some really good coaches. He has also the unique experience of having helped two programs win national championships at Arkansas-Fort Smith and Midland.”
Brooks comes to K-State after spending two seasons as an assistant at Sam Houston State (2010-12) for head coach Jason Hooten. The Bearkats won 31 games the past two seasons, including an 18-win campaign and the Southland Conference West Division title in 2010-11. He helped coach Gilberto Clavell, who was the Southland Conference Player of the Year and a first team all-conference selection in 2010-11.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity at K-State,” said Brooks. “I have a lot of respect for both Coach Weber and Coach Lowery. They are both great coaches and great people. I look forward to learning from them.”
Prior to Sam Houston State, Brooks spent three years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Bradley (2007-09) for head coach Jim Les. The Braves posted a 58-47 (.552) overall record during his stint with the squad winning 20 or more games twice in his three seasons. The team also advanced to the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) Championship Series (losing a three-game series to Tulsa) in 2007-08 and the finals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (losing to Old Dominion in the championship game) in 2008-09. He also helped three players earn All-Missouri Valley Conference honors, including a pair of first team selections.
Brooks broke into the coaching ranks at the junior college level, spending two years as an assistant to Jeremy Cox at Arkansas-Fort Smith (2004-06) and one year as an assistant to Grant McCasland at Midland College (2006-07). He helped the Lions to a 62-7 (.899) overall mark from 2004-06, including the NJCAA Division I Championship in his final season in 2005-06. In his lone season at Midland, the Chaparrals posted a 29-8 overall record and won the Western Junior College Athletic Conference and Region V titles en route to the NJCAA Division I Championship in 2006-07. Six players on the squad went on to sign scholarships with Division I schools.
Brooks played two seasons at Midland College (1998-2000), where he helped the Chapparals to a sixth-place finish in the 2000 NJCAA national tournament before transferring to Idaho State. He played two years for the Bengals and head coach Doug Oliver, earning Academic All-Big Sky honors as a senior in 2002. He earned his bachelor’s degree in finance in 2002 and his master’s degree in athletics administration in 2003 from the school.
Brooks served as an aide to former Idaho State athletics director Jim Senter for one year before beginning his coaching career at Arkansas-Fort Smith in 2004.
Brooks is the son of former Houston head coach, Alvin Brooks II, who has been a college basketball coach for over 30 years. He was the Cougars’ first African-American head coach, leading the school to 54 wins from 1993-98. After stints with Billy Gillispie at UTEP, Texas A&M and Kentucky, he returned to Houston in 2010 to serve as associate head coach under James Dickey.
A native of Houston, Brooks, 32, is engaged to Tiffany Wafer.
Weber still has several vacant spots on his staff, including one assistant coaching position. He expects those positions to be completed in the next few weeks.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT ALVIN BROOKS III:
"Alvin Brooks is one of the top young recruiters in the country. He is a hard worker, displays excellent character, and has a very good feel for the game. AB has a keen eye for talent and does a great job of building relationships with his recruits. Kansas State is fortunate to have him."
--Jim Les, UC Davis head coach and former coach at Bradley
“Alvin Brooks III is a young guy who coaches call a budding star. He won national championships back-to-back years at two different places which is pretty amazing. He brings a lot of things to the table to help a program.”
--Jason Hooten, Sam Houston State head coach
“Alvin Brooks III played an integral part in winning a National Championship and will do a phenomenal job at Kansas State. Coach Brooks is a great basketball coach with outstanding connections but most of all he cares about people and has a genuine interest in helping young men succeed in life.”
--Grant McCasland, Baylor assistant coach and former head coach at Midland (Texas) College