John Cooper

John Cooper (born February 16, 1969)

Current position: Assistant men’s basketball coach
Current team: UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (Head coach: Kevin Kruger)
Current conference: Mountain West Conference (MWC)
Teams coached: Tennessee State Tigers, Miami RedHawks
Tennessee State record: 43-52 (.453)
Miami (OH) record: 59-100 (.371)
Overall record: 102-152 (.402)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • CIT Appearances:  1  (2012)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2022-present UNLV (asst)
2020-2022 SMU (asst)
2017-2020 Oklahoma State (special asst)
2012-2017 Miami (OH)
2009-2012 Tennessee State
2004-2009 Auburn (asst)
2002-2004 Oregon (asst)
1995-2001 South Carolina (asst)
1993-1995 Fayetteville State (asst)

John Cooper Facts

  • John Anthony Cooper
  • Born February 16, 1969
  • Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
  • Alma Mater: Wichita State University (BS, 1991)
  • Was a two-time captain at Wichita State, where he played for head coaches Eddie Fogler and Mike Cohen
    • Played professionally for two years, one with the Fort Wayne Fury (CBA) and one in the Netherlands
  • First coaching job was a two-year stint assisting at D-II Fayetteville State in North Carolina
  • Reconnected with Fogler in 1995, joining his former coach’s staff at South Carolina
    • In six seasons with the Gamecocks, Cooper was part of two NCAA Tournaments and one SEC title (1997)
  • When Fogler stepped down in 2001, Cooper moved out West to work on Ernie Kent‘s staff at Oregon
  • After two years, headed back to the SEC to work as an assistant at Auburn under Jeff Lebo
  • Got his first head coaching opportunity in 2009, taking over the program at Tennessee State
    • Went 43-52 in three seasons, improving from 9 wins in his first season to 20 wins and a CIT berth in his third
    • During Cooper’s tenure, the Tigers were led by future NBA All-Defensive First Teamer Robert Covington
  • Left TSU for Miami (OH) in 2012, coaching the RedHawks for the next five seasons
    • Was just 59-100 during his tenure, never finishing a season with a winning record
    • Fired in March 2017 following a 11-21 (4-14 MAC) campaign
  • Spent three years at Oklahoma State as a special assistant for coach Mike Boynton, Jr., then two years working as an assistant coach under Tim Jankovich at SMU
    • Joined Kevin Kruger‘s staff at UNLV as an assistant coach in April 2022

John Cooper Coaching Tree

  • Dana Ford (Missouri State, Tennessee State)
  • Travis Williams (Tennessee State)
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