KU Alum Terry Nooner Named Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach
LAWRENCE, Kan. – University of Kansas women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson announced Thursday that KU alum Terry Nooner will join her staff as an assistant coach. Nooner was a guard for the KU men’s basketball team from 1997-2000 and served as a team captain in his senior season.
Nooner comes to Kansas after serving as an assistant at Southern Illinois during the 2011-12 season. At KU, the Kansas City, Mo., native will work with the Jayhawk perimeter players in addition to recruiting responsibilities.
“Terry is a great recruiter who has made a lot of contacts from his time working in AAU basketball,” said Henrickson. “His energy and passion are great additions to the KU family. He has always been a loyal Jayhawk and we are happy to be able to bring him back home.”
Prior to joining the college coaching level, Nooner spent seven years coaching high school and AAU basketball in the Kansas City area, while also serving as a basketball instructor. He coached the girls 13U and 15U teams for the Lady Phenom AAU organization from 2007-11 and previously coached the Earl Watson KC Bruins 17U boys team in 2006. Nooner also coached boys basketball at Southeast High School (2002-03, 2007-08) and Raytown High School (2008-09) during his six years of teaching special education at the two schools.
In addition, Nooner served as president of KC Pro Am Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides basketball instruction, from 2007-11, and also worked as a personal basketball instructor at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City from 2006-11. He has been involved in training NBA players Chauncey Billups, Tyronn Lue and Billy Thomas as well as several college players.
“I know how much passion fans have for the University of Kansas and basketball in general and I’m excited for the opportunity to be a part of it again,” Nooner said. “The chance to work with a great coach like Bonnie is something I am really looking forward to. The team is coming off a great year and the program is really on the rise.”
A four-year letterwinner at Kansas, Nooner was the team captain during his senior season in 1999-2000. He holds two degrees from KU, including a bachelor's degree in African and African American Studies (2000) and a master's in sport administration (2002).
Nooner replaces Chester Nichols, who took a position at Michigan.