The Wildcats and Blue Hens play in first semifinal at 6 pm on ESPNU
The Wildcats host Ospreys on 1-7 FA Appreciation Day at 1 pm
The Wildcats and Cardinals are the first game of a doubleheader
The Wildcats have won 18 consecutive openers at home
The game will be broadcast exclusively on K-StateHD.TV
A second generation basketball coach and native Texan, Alvin Brooks III is in his first season at Kansas State as an assistant coach to head coach Bruce Weber. He was hired to the staff on April 30, 2012 after a stint at Sam Houston State.
"I'm very excited to add Alvin to the staff," said Weber. "One of my top priorities was to get someone with strong ties to the state of Texas and Alvin gives us that. He has developed great relationships with the high school and AAU coaches in the state as a recruiter the past eight years. He also has great bloodlines with his father (Alvin Brooks II) being a very well-known coach in Texas."
Brooks has more than eight years of college coaching experience, including stints at Arkansas-Fort Smith (2004-06), Midland College (2006-07), Bradley (2007-10) and Sam Houston State (2010-12).
Twice he was part of a staff that won national championships, including back-to-back NJCAA titles at Arkansas-Fort Smith (2005-06) and Midland (2006-07), while he helped Bradley advance to the finals of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) in 2007-08 and CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) in 2008-09.
"I got to know Alvin when he was an assistant to Jim Les at Bradley," said Weber. "He has really worked his way up the coaching ladder, working for some really good coaches. He has also the unique experience of having helped two programs win national championships at Arkansas-Fort Smith and Midland."
Prior to Sam Houston State, Brooks spent three years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Bradley (2007-09) for head coach Jim Les (currently the head coach at UC Davis). The Braves posted a 58-47 (.552) overall record during his stint with the team winning 20 or more games twice in his three seasons. Bradley also advanced to the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) Championship Series (losing a three-game series to Tulsa) in 2007-08 and to the finals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (losing to Old Dominion in the championship game) in 2008-09. He also helped three players earn All-Missouri Valley Conference honors, including a pair of first team selections.
Brooks broke into the coaching ranks at the junior college level, spending two years as an assistant coach to Jeremy Cox (currently an assistant coach at Texas Tech) at Arkansas-Fort Smith (2004-06) and one year as an assistant to Grant McCasland (currently an assistant coach at Baylor) at Midland College (2006-07). He helped the Lions to a 62-7 (.899) mark from 2004-06, including the NJCAA Division I Championship in his final season in 2005-06. He helped coach NJCAA third team All-American Sonny Weems while at Arkansas-Fort Smith, who was the 39th pick of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. In his lone season at Midland, the Chaparrals posted a 29-8 overall record and won the Western Junior College Athletic Conference and Region V titles en route to the NJCAA Division I Championship in 2006-07. Six players on the squad went on to sign scholarships with Division I schools, including Nathan Jawai, who went on to be selected 41st overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers.
Brooks played two seasons at Midland College (1998-2000), where he helped the Chapparals to a sixth-place finish in the 2000 NJCAA national tournament before transferring to Idaho State. He played two years for the Bengals and head coach Doug Oliver, earning Academic All-Big Sky honors as a senior in 2002. He earned his bachelor's degree in finance in 2002 and his master's degree in athletics administration in 2003 from the school.
Brooks served as an aide to former Idaho State athletics director Jim Senter for one year before beginning his coaching career at Arkansas-Fort Smith in 2004.
Brooks is the son of former Houston head coach, Alvin Brooks II, who has been a college basketball coach for over 30 years. He was the Cougars' first African-American head coach, leading the school to 54 wins from 1993-98. After stints with Billy Gillispie at UTEP, Texas A&M and Kentucky, the elder Brooks returned to Houston in 2010 to serve as associate head coach under former Texas Tech head coach James Dickey.
A native of Houston, Brooks, 33, was born on September 11, 1979. He married the former Tiffany Wafer in August 2012. Tiffany is a teacher in the Manhattan area.