A second generation basketball coach and native Texan, Alvin Brooks III is in his second 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.
Brooks helped the Wildcats to one of their best seasons in school history in 2012-13, as the squad posted a 27-8 overall record and a 14-4 mark in league play en route to their first-ever Big 12 regular-season championship and a fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. The 27 wins were the second-most in school history, while the 14 in league play tied the school record held by the 1958-59 team. It was the 20th league championship in school history and the first since the 1976-77 season.
In addition, Brooks helped coached three players - Rodney McGruder (first team), Angel Rodriguez (second team) and Shane Southwell (honorable mention) - named to the 2013 Coaches' All-Big 12 Team. It marked just the third time in school history that three players appeared on an all-conference team in the same season, while McGruder became just the third Wildcat in the Big 12 era to earn first team honors. Rodriguez was also selected to the Coaches' All-Defensive Team.
Brooks also played a key role in the seven-man 2013 recruiting class, which included Top 30 Texas high school recruits Marcus Foster and Wesley Iwundu. Foster, the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) 3A Player of the Year, was one of 40 high school seniors named to the Parade All-America Team after averaging 27.1 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. Iwundu also enjoyed a stellar senior season in 2013, as he earned TABC Class 5A All-State honors after averaging 16.3 points. Brooks has more than nine 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) and now, K-State.
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. Brooks came to K-State in April 2012 after spending two seasons as an assistant at Sam Houston State (2010-12) for head coach Jason Hooten. The Bearkats won 31 games the past two seasons, including an 18-win campaign and the Southland Conference West Division title in 2010-11. He helped coach Gilberto Clavell, who was the Southland Conference Player of the Year and a first team all-conference selection in 2010-11.
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 in Jeremy Crouch (2007-08) and Theron Wilson (2008-09).
Brooks broke into the coaching ranks at the junior college level, spending two years as an assistant coach to Jeremy Cox (currently the head coach at College of Southern Idaho) 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 Brooks' 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 (2000-02) under 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, 34, was born on September 11, 1979. He married the former Tiffany Wafer in August 2012. Tiffany is a teacher in the Manhattan area.