Jerome Tang, who has been on Scott Drew’s staff at Baylor for the last nineteen seasons, was officially announced on Monday as the new head coach at Kansas State. Tang signed a 6-year contract to coach the Wildcats, his first head coaching gig after decades in the game.
“As we conducted a national search to find our next head coach,” said AD Gene Taylor, “we wanted to identify an individual who can lead our program to consistently high levels while maintaining the integrity that our program is known for. When we first met with Jerome, he was very impressive, and that continued throughout the duration of our search.”
Arriving in Waco with Drew in 2003, Tang was instrumental in the epic rebuilding project that happened within the Bears’ program. Ten NCAA Tournament appearances, consistent winning seasons and a number of NBA talents all culminated last year with a National Championship victory. After playing a key role in all of it, Tang saw his profile rise in coaching circles and ultimately launched him towards the top of a number of searches this offseason.
“I am beyond excited to be the next head basketball coach at Kansas State,” Tang said. “Having the opportunity to build on a program with a rich basketball history at a prestigious university is truly a blessing. We look forward to bringing an exciting style of basketball to K-State while helping our student-athletes succeed on the court and in life. My family and I can’t wait to get to Manhattan and form deep relationships with our students, former players, alumni and Wildcat fans everywhere. We look forward to making the Octagon of Doom the best home court advantage in the country!”
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