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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1993 - Sports. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 10, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19121/show/18982.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1993 - Sports. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19121/show/18982

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Transcript Alvin Brooks took the head coaching position in April. There was an extensive search to fill the spot vacated by Pat Foster. Brooks inadvertently entered into controversy when a regent claimed that Brooks wasn't being paid as much as Foster because he was black, not that he was a first-time coach. A package raising Brooks' pay was created, and it drew fire from faculty members, who wanted a raise for themselves. We didn't know how it would all sort out, but there was obviously going to be pressure for Brooks to have a quality first season. Photo by Stephen Stelmak. (center) Another nasty dunk from Charles "Bo" Outlaw. Outlaw held the team's best field goal percentage at 65.8 percent. Coach Brooks will have to work hard to recruit more impact players like Outlaw. Photo by Thomas Nguyen, (lower left) .Here's something you may not see much more of. Coach Brooks would probably not recruit from South America for players like David Diaz, who was from Venezuela. He hoped to find talent here in Houston and the surrounding area. Photo by Thomas Nguyen, (lower right) Cougar Basketball I wm% 156 A group of teenage boys in beat-up Converse iennis shoes spentmany awinternightin wide-eyed wonder watching the Cougars play basketball on the hardwood floor of Hofheinz Pavilion. Among that group there was one boy, an athlete himself, who always remembered the flashes of red speeding up and down the court and the sound of the cheering crowd. Now, Alvin Brooks, the man, was the head coach of the basketball team he admired in his youth. Brooks was a hometown product, born and raised in the policy here, and while it is still professional, we want to stress and improve the graduation rate and be here for the student-athletes," he said. Brooks was not limiting his influence to the classroom alone. He wanted to shake up the style of play on the court, too. "We relied on match-up zone last season," Brooks said. "In the future, we will play more man-to-man and set up zone traps on full court. Offensively, we average 82 points a game, so we will concentrate on our defense.'' Brooks was also working on completing his staff. "I want people on my Brooks knew a good thing when he saw it, having been involved in basketball since high school. He played at Lamar, where he established school records for the most assists in a game. He then moved onto an assistant coaching position under Pat Foster at Lamar University. Brooks followed Foster to UH after that, and the rest was history. Brooks' migration to the basketball court was slightly diverted by stint with a bat and a glove. The baseball diamond, not the basketball court, proved Hometown Boy # New coach wants to bridge UH, community Fifth Ward and a graduate of Wheatley High School. "When I was a student at Wheatley, we perceived the University of Houston as agreat institution with strong athletics and academics," Brooks said. Brooks' connection with the city of Houston and the Fifth Ward heightened his commitment to the community he grew up in. "Since I have been named to the coaching position there have been a lot of phone calls and letters for me. I feel like there has been a great support. I wouldliketoparlaythatto bridge the gap between the school and the community," Brooks said. When Brooks was named to the coaching position, replacing Pat Foster, he set a list of goals to fulfill. He wanted to change the approach to the student-athletes, giving them room to be strong academically as well as athletically. "We have an open door staff who care about the student- athlete beyondathletics,"Brooks said. "One of the guys that I have talked to is Otis Birdsong. He could bring a lot to our staff." Assistant Athletic Director Bill McGillis, who was instrumental in naming Brooks to the position, said Brooks was the right choice. "Alvin Brooks is the best person to fit the criteria that we had set," McGillis said. "His relationship with the community is important." Well aware of the image problem that existed in and around the SWC Brooks said there were steps that could be taken to improve the situation. "We beat Louisville on national television this past season, and Texas Tech beat Tulane lastyear," Brookssaid. "Ifwecan play high-ranked teams on our turf, we have a better chance." "We have a marketable product here that we can get on television," he said. to be Brooks' initial playing grounds. "Baseball was my first love. I played second base and would probably still be playing today. I just grew up in the wrong neighborhood." Thanks to Brooks' aunt, Janice, his athletic inclinations were directed to the basketball hoop instead. "My aunt gave me an old pair of her Converse tennis shoes that I grew into. I have been playing basketball ever since," he said. The youngest of three children, Brooks had two older sisters and a family full of strong teaching examples. From his early days as an avid Cougar fan to his present job as the coach, he continued to apply his own philosophy to life. "I always want to be better today than yesterday, and better tomorrow than I was today." -Heather Ellis Basketball 157