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 Baylor’s head coaching position and took over one of college basketball’s most daunting rebuilding projects ever. Eleven years later, he became the program’s all-time wins leader.
From 2007-17, Baylor rose to national prominence with Drew leading the team to nine 20-win seasons, nine postseason appearances, the Big 12’s first NIT championship, Baylor’s first postseason tournament title in its 110-year history, and a school-record 19 postseason wins. Additionally, Baylor is one of 12 programs to be nationally ranked in each of the last 10 seasons, and BU is one of only nine teams to earn No. 6 seeds or better in each of the last four NCAA Tournaments.
The Bears advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight in 2010 and 2012, made the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2014 and 2017, won the 2013 NIT championship and advanced to the 2009 NIT championship game. BU also played in the 2008 NCAA Tournament, marking its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1988, and the Bears have gone to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last four seasons, marking the first consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in program history.
Alvin Brooks III
Baylor men’s 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 McCasland’s 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).
Baylor men’s basketball hired John Jakus as an assistant coach on May 19, 2017. Jakus joined the Baylor staff after spending the past three seasons as director of operations at Gonzaga. He previously worked at Baylor as a graduate assistant during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.
“John is someone we know well from his previous experience on our staff, and we’re thrilled to be able to bring him back to Baylor. We’ve already heard from many former players how excited they are that he’s returning to Waco,” head coach Scott Drew said. “He gained tremendous experience working on the staff at Gonzaga the last three years, helping lead them to the 2017 Final Four and three consecutive Sweet 16 appearances. He was also a professional coach and assistant general manager in Europe, and he worked extensively with Athletes in Action. John’s character, leadership and coaching ability make him a great fit for our program.”
In five seasons as a member of Division I coaching staffs, Jakus’ has helped teams combine to post a 149-35 record, including a 16-4 postseason mark with four trips to the Sweet 16, two Elite Eights, one Final Four and one NIT championship.
Associate Head Coach
Jerome Tang is in his 15th year coaching at Baylor, following 10 seasons as head coach at nationally recognized Heritage Christian Academy in Cleveland, Texas. He has been integral in the Bears’ rise to national prominence, serving his first 14 seasons on staff as assistant coach before being promoted to associate head coach in 2017.
Tang has helped lead the Bears to six consecutive 20-win seasons, posting a 152-64 record, five NCAA Tournament appearances and an NIT title since 2011-12. Baylor has also appeared in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in three of the past six seasons, twice advancing to the Elite Eight. Additionally, eight players from those six seasons have gone on to sign NBA contracts, including Quincy Acy, Pierre Jackson, Cory Jefferson, Perry Jones III, Quincy Miller, Johnathan Motley, Royce O’Neale and Taurean Prince.
As an original member of Scott Drew’s Baylor staff, Tang has helped put together seven consensus top-25 recruiting classes, including 2010 (Jones III), 2011 (Miller and Deuce Bello), 2012 (Isaiah Austin, Prince and Rico Gathers) and 2013 (Ishmail Wainright, Al Freeman and Motley).
Director of Video Operations
Ty Beard is in his first season as a member of the Baylor Basketball staff. He joined the Bears as director of video operations on June 19, 2017.
Beard has nearly a decade of collegiate coaching experience. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for Scott Drew’s Baylor staff during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, helping the Bears to a combined 46-21 record and a 2010 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearance.
Beard went on to become associate head coach at Oklahoma Wesleyan for three seasons from 2011-12 through 2013-14, and he served as assistant coach at John Brown University for three seasons from 2014-15 through 2016-17.
Associate Director of Operations and Recruiting
Aditya Malhotra is in his fifth season on the Baylor basketball staff and his first year as associate director of operations & recruiting.
Malhotra joined the program as a graduate assistant for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons, and he became special assistant to the head coach for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.
In his four seasons with the program, Malhotra has helped the Bears to four consecutive NCAA Tournament berths, including two Sweet 16 appearances. BU has posted a combined 99-42 record during his four seasons on staff.
Director of Player Development
Jared Nuness is in his eighth year on the Baylor basketball staff and his fifth as special assistant and director of player development. He spent his first two years on Baylor’s 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 Bloomington’s (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 Basketball Operations
Bill Peterson joined the Baylor men’s basketball staff as director of basketball operations on June 13, 2017, bringing more than a decade of NBA experience to the program.
Peterson came to Baylor following three years as head coach of the NBA G-League’s Erie BayHawks, an Orlando Magic affiliate. Prior to joining the BayHawks, he spent six seasons as an assistant coach with the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks from 2007-13.
Peterson was an assistant coach for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks for six seasons from 2007-13, and he was a player development coach and scout for the Dallas Mavericks from 1999-2000. While with the Mavs, Peterson worked to develop Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki, Greg Buckner and Michael Finley. He also served as a special assistant with the Golden State Warriors.