Alvin Brooks

Alvin Brooks (born August 6, 1959)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Lamar Cardinals
Current conference: Southland Conference
Houston record: 54-84 (.391)
Lamar record: 30-63 (.323)
Overall record: 84-147 (.364)

Career Accomplishments:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2021-present Lamar
2014-2021 Houston (asst)
2010-2014 Houston (assoc. HC)
2007-2009 Kentucky (DBO)
2004-2007 Texas A&M (asst)
2003-2004 UTEP (asst)
2001-2003 North Texas (asst)
1999-2001 Texas Tech (asst)
1993-1998 Houston
1986-1993 Houston (asst)
1981-1986 Lamar (asst)

Alvin Brooks Facts

  • Alvin Joseph Brooks Jr.
  • Born August 6, 1959
  • Hometown: Houston, Texas
  • Alma Mater: Lamar University (BS, 1982)
  • Was all-city at Wheatley HS in Houston and then played for head coaches Billy Tubbs and Pat Foster at Lamar
    • Played for one year each at Sam Houston State (under Dennis Price) and Henderson County JC
    • Later inducted into the Lamar Athletics HOF (class of 1981)
  • Began his coaching career in 1981 at Lamar, assisting Foster for five seasons
    • Followed Foster to Houston in 1986, working as an assistant there for seven seasons
    • In 12 seasons under Foster, Brooks was part of five NCAA Tournaments, seven NITs and four conference titles
  • Elevated to head coach at Houston in 1993, leading the Cougars for five seasons
    • Was just 54-84 at the helm, finishing above .500 just once (1995-96)
  • Since 1999, Brooks has worked as a Division I assistant across a number of different programs, mostly in Texas
  • Spent four years as Dickey‘s associate head coach and then has stayed on as an assistant under Kelvin Sampson
    • In this second stint at Houston, the Cougars have twice won the AAC and been to the postseason five times
    • The 2020-21 squad became the first Cougars group to reach the NCAA Final Four since 1984
  • In April 2021, Brooks was announced as the new head coach at his alma mater, Lamar

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