Ferrell Center the home of Baylor Basketball
The Ferrell Center, home to Baylor's basketball and volleyball programs for more than 20 years, continues to undergo upgrades to maintain its standard as one of the region's finest facilities. The improvements have given the Bears the type of arena necessary to compete in the Big 12 Conference.
On Aug. 22, 2003, Scott Drew assumed Baylors head coaching position and took over one of college basketballs most daunting rebuilding projects ever. Eleven years later, he became the PROGRAMS all-time wins leader.
From 2007-14, Baylor rose to national prominence with Drew leading the team to six 20-win seasons, six postseason appearances, the Big 12s first NIT championship, Baylors first postseason tournament title in its 107-year history, and a Big 12-best and school-record 17 postseason wins. The Bears advanced to the NCAA?Tournament Elite Eight in 2010 and 2012, made the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2014, won the 2013 NIT championship, advanced to the 2009 NIT championship game and played in the 2008 NCAA?Tournament, marking their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1988.
Baylors 17-4 postseason record over the last six seasons is the nations second-best among teams with at least three postseason appearances. The Bears went 5-0 to win the 2013 NIT title, posted 3-1 records on their way to the Elite Eight in both the 2010 and 2012 NCAA?Tournaments, BU went 2-1 to advance to the 2014 Sweet 16, and Drew led Baylor to four wins en route to the 2009 NIT title game.
Jerome Tang is in his 11th year as an assistant at Baylor, following 10 seasons as head coach at nationally recognized Heritage Christian Academy in Cleveland, Texas.
As an original member of Scott Drews staff, Tang has helped put together seven consensus top-25 recruiting classes, including 2010 (Perry Jones III), 2011 (Quincy Miller and Deuce Bello), 2012 (Isaiah Austin and Rico Gathers) and 2013 (Ish Wainright,?Al Freeman and Johnathan Motley).
Tang played a major role in leading Baylor to 23 wins and the PROGRAMSfirst national tournament championship in 2012-13, when the Bears went on a five-game run to the NIT title. For the first time in school history, every game during the 2012-13 season was televised, including a nation-leading 28 games on ESPN networks.
Alvin Brooks III
Baylor mens basketball hired Alvin Brooks III as assistant coach on April 8, 2016. Brooks joined the Baylor staff after spending the previous four seasons as an assistant coach at Kansas State.
A Houston, Texas, native, Brooks has 12 years of experience as an assistant coach at numerous collegiate levels. He began his coaching career at the junior college level, spending two years as an assistant coach at Arkansas-Fort Smith (2004-06), where he helped lead the Lions to the 2006 NJCAA Division I championship. He then spent one season on former Baylor assistant coach Grant McCaslands staff at Midland College (2006-07), where he again won the NJCAA Division I championship.
Brooks then moved to the NCAA Division I level, where he spent three years as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Bradley (2007-10), and then returned to his home state for two years as an assistant coach at Sam Houston State (2010-12).
Paul Mills is in his 11th season on Baylors staff and fifth as an assistant coach. He served as Baylors coordinator of mens basketball operations for the first six seasons.
Mills helped guide the Bears to 23 wins and the PROGRAMS first-ever national tournament championship in 2012-13, when BU went on a five-game run to the NIT title. Baylor gained unprecedented national exposure, with a nation-leading 28 games on ESPN networks and every game televised during the season for the first time in school history.
Following the season,?Pierre Jackson was chosen in the 2013 NBA?Draft, giving Baylor four draftees over the last two seasons, which ranked third nationally behind only Kentucky and North?Carolina.
Director of Basketball Operations
New York native Tim Maloney is in his fifth season as Baylors director of basketball operations, joining head coach Scott Drews staff after a three-year stint at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Maloneys experience and feel for the game aids the Baylor coaching staff in terms of developing strategy, analyzing game film, planning practices and contributing at staff meetings. Additionally he assists with academics, game scheduling, fundraising and on-campus recruiting. He acts as a solid ambassador for Baylor basketball as an inspirational speaker/LIFE COACH for the program, alumni, the three point club and community.
Maloney, who is in his 29th year IN COLLEGE basketball, has eight NCAA Tournament appearances and four NIT appearances in 15 years of Division I experience to his credit. Included are two Elite?Eight appearances, two Sweet 16 appearances and a Final Four, as well as two appearances in the NIT championship game and an appearance in the NCAA national championship game and a NIT?title.
Director of Player Development
Jared?Nuness is in his fourth year on the Baylor basketball staff and his second as director of player development. He spent his first two years on Baylors staff as the director of video operations.
Since graduating from Valparaiso University in 2001, Nuness has served as an assistant basketball coach at Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.) High School, head boys basketball coach at?Minneapolis Park Center?High School (2005-06) and head coach at Bloomingtons (Minn.) John F. Kennedy High School (2007-10). He was a camp director and coordinator for the University of Minnesota basketball camps for three years and another four years for NBA?player Kris Humphries basketball camps.
He has also worked for several years as a special education teacher and skills tutor at both Hopkins and Kennedy High Schools.
Director of Video Operations
Sam Patterson is in his 10th season as a member of the Baylor basketball staff and his second as director of video operations. He worked as video coordinator for two seasons before being promoted to his current position, and prior to his four years on the full-time staff he spent six years as a student manager and graduate assistant.
Patterson began at Baylor as a student manager during the 2004-05 season — head coach Scott?Drews second season at Baylor — and ascended to head manager prior to the 2006-07 campaign. In 2008, he was named graduate assistant, taking charge of film exchange and leading in the coordination and breakdown of video.
For the past five years, he has served as camp director of the Scott Drew Basketball Camps at Baylor, hiring staff, creating camp schedules and directing camps of over 250 campers. From 2007-09, he served as Big 12 Conference president for the non-profit organization “Managers vs. CANCER.” He recruited new members and assisted in the contribution of auction items for charity.