Alvin Brooks III helped direct the Bearkats to an 18-13 record and the Southland Conference West Division championship in his first season as a member of Sam Houston State head coach Jason Hooten's men's basketball coaching staff. Brooks joined the Bearkat staff on June 1, 2010.
From 2008 to 2010, he servedan assistant at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. He also coached at Arkansas-Fort Smith and Midland College.
"Alvin is a young, energetic and hard-working guy who has been with winning programs," Hooten said. "He has worked for some great head coaches at such an early stage in his career."
The Houston native helped direct Bradley to a 58-47 record including back-to-back 21-win seasons and runner-up finishes in national post-season tournaments. The Braves reached the finals of the inaugural College Basketball Invitational national post-season tournament in 2008 and the first CollegeInsider.com post-season tournament in 2009. Brooks served as the Braves' recruiting coordinator.
At Arkansas-Fort Smith, he coached teams that rolled up a two-year mark of 62-7 (.899) and won NJCAA Division I national championships. He also was an assistant coach at Midland with a national championship squad.
Brooks is the son of Alvin Brooks II who was head coach at the University of Houston from 1993-98 and served on Billy Gillespie's staffs at Texas A&M and Kentucky. His father played at Sam Houston State where he was Lone Star Conference "Freshman of the Year" in 1977. He was All-Southland Conference at Lamar on two NCAA tournament teams.
Brooks began his college playing career at Midland and helped the Chapparals to a sixth-place finish in the 2000 NJCAA national tournament before transferring to Idaho State University.
After earning Academic All-Big Sky Conference honors as a senior at Idaho State, Brooks earned his bachelor's degree in finance in 2002 and his master's degree in athletic administration from ISU in 2003.
Brooks served as an aide to former Idaho State athletic director Jim Senter for one year before beginning his coaching career at Arkansas-Fort Smith in 2004.
"Alvin is a young guy who coaches call a budding star," Hooten said. "He won national championships back-to-back years at two different places which is pretty amazing. He brings a lot of things to the table that help our program."
Brooks is engaged to marry Tiffany Wafer.