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BEAUMONT – Former Houston head coach and 2019 Cardinal Hall of Honor candidate, Alvin Brooks, has been named Lamar University’s chief basketball coach, athletics director Marco Born announced Thursday morning.
The announcement makes Brooks the 12th head coach in program history, coming days after Brooks led Houston to the 2021 NCAA Final Four.
« Today is a very special day for the LU men’s basketball program, » said Born. “The Alvin Brooks name is synonymous with success on the basketball court as both a coach and a player. He has left a paper trail of success throughout his career. It’s rare that you have the opportunity to hire a coach with as much experience – both as head coach and assistant – as Coach Brooks, who has recruiting relationships with the state of Texas and the Western Athletic Conference, and who is already a member of your Hall of Honor. We were able to achieve all of that with the hiring of Alvin Brooks. He is the right man to lead this program in the WAC. »
Brooks is a 37-year college coaching veteran and has competed in 23 postseason tournaments as a coach or gym student, including assistant on a squad in Houston that advanced to the 2021 Final Four in Indianapolis. During his career, Brooks has supported coaching teams at seven conference championships, including two with LU (1982-83 and 1983-84).
The Brooks players also took advantage of his leadership when he coached 17 players who competed in the NBA with numerous others who played professionally overseas.
Brooks, a former All-Southland Conference security guard for the Cardinals in the early 1980s, is returning to the Golden Triangle after spending the last eleven seasons with the Cougars.
Before joining Kelvin Sampson’s staff, Brooks was the head coach of the Cougars for five years from 1993 to 1998, at which time he became one of the youngest head coaches in the country.
Brooks coaching career consisted of stints in Houston, Kentucky, Texas, A&M, UTEP, North Texas, Texas Tech and LU.
Red and white fans will always remember Brooks for his tenure as the Cardinals point guard from 1979 to 1981. As a two-year letter winner playing for legendary coaches Billy Tubbs and Foster, Brooks led the Cardinals to 47 wins – including three NCAA tournament wins, consecutive SLC titles and an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance.
« I’m very excited to be coming home to my alma mater, Lamar University! » said Brooks. « The Beaumont and Golden Triangle communities have always held a special place in my heart and I look forward to reconnecting. The timing could not have been better. Athletics Director Marco is leading Lamar Basketball into a new and exciting era. Through the Joining the WAC gives us the opportunity to take our program to a new level.
“I look forward to working with him to bring the Cardinals back to their traditional days of championship hunting.” LU will host the official press conference to announce the appointment of Coach Brooks after the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is over .
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