A veteran of 13 NCAA Tournaments, former Houston Rockets assistant coach and longtime college veteran Kelvin Sampson joined the University of Houston Mens Basketball program as its head coach on April 3, 2014.
Sampson became the ninth head coach in the history of the Houston program.
As a 26-year head coaching veteran at Houston, Indiana, Oklahoma, Washington State and Montana Tech, Sampson has compiled a 513-289 record during his career. He has led his teams to 13 NCAA Tournament appearances, including 11 in 12 years with the Sooners from 1994 to 2006. During his Oklahoma tenure, he guided the Sooners to 10 consecutive 20-win seasons, the 1999 Sweet 16, the 2002 Final Four and an Elite Eight appearance in 2003.
In his career, he has led three different schools to NCAA Tournament appearances and been named a National Coach of the Year twice. Sampson has received four conference Coach of the Year awards from three different leagues and guided every program he has led to multiple 20-win seasons during his stints.
Former Houston head coach Alvin Brooks enters his sixth season as assistant coach with the University of Houston Mens Basketball program in 2015-16. It will be his 18th season associated with the Cougars.
In more than 30 years on the sidelines, Brooks has competed in 18 postseason tournaments as a coach or player. He has guided 16 players who competed in the NBA with a dozen more players playing professionally overseas.
In his current role, Brooks assists Head Coach Kelvin Sampson in all aspects of the program, including recruiting, practices and opponents scouting. This will be his second season to serve on Sampsons staff.
University of Oklahoma letterman Quannas White has joined the University of Houston Mens Basketball program as an assistant coach, Head Coach Kelvin Sampson announced Tuesday.
White – whose first name is pronounced kuh-WAHN-us – is no stranger to Sampson, playing for him for two seasons during their time together at Oklahoma from 2001 to 2003. He also entered the professional ranks following his playing career as the Sooners graduate assistant in 2003-04.
White joined the Cougars after serving as an assistant coach at WKU during the 2016-17 season. There, he helped lead the Hilltoppers to 15 wins.
Kellen Sampson joined the University of Houston Mens Basketball program in April 2014 as an assistant coach. He assists in all aspects of the Houston Basketball program.
This is the first time that Sampson has worked for his father, Head Coach Kelvin Sampson, as a full-time assistant coach.
In his first season at Houston, Sampson helped lead the Cougars to 13 wins with four victories in their final five games to end the season. The Cougars also knocked off defending national champion UConn for the second straight season inside Hofheinz Pavilion and led the American Athletic Conference with 8.1 3-pointers per game.
K.C. Beard joined the University of Houston Mens Basketball program as its video coordinator in May 2014.
In that role, Beard coordinates film exchange and opponents scouting as well as assisting in other areas of the program. He will work closely with all members of the coaching staff in game preparation and creating scouting reports.
Beard, who is a native of Parma, Idaho, joins the Cougars after most recently serving as video intern for the NBAs Utah Jazz during the 2013-14 season.
Director of Player Development
Former Oklahoma All-American Hollis Price joined the University of Houston Mens Basketball program in May 2014 as its director of player development.
In that role, Price will be responsible for a wide variety of tasks essential to the programs success and will be reunited with his collegiate head coach in Sampson, who guided the Sooners from 1994 to 2006.
“Hollis is going to wear a lot of hats around here, because we are going to use him in a lot of ways. He is going to work with the coaching staff. He is going to work with (Director of Operations) Steve Yoder. He will be working on projects and will be a mentor for the players individual strengths and weaknesses,” Sampson said. “Having someone like Hollis will be invaluable for our program because of his experiences and the way he became a great player. We are fortunate to have a man like Hollis. This is a great hire for us and for our student-athletes.”
Assistant Director for Player Development
While he begins his first season as a full-time Mens Basketball staff member in 2016-17, Mikhail McLean is no stranger to the Cougars.
McLean joined the Cougars as assistant director for player development in the summer of 2016. In that role, he assists Director of Player Development Hollis Price in variety of administrative responsibilities essential to the programs success.
He entered the professional ranks with the Cougars in internal operations during the 2015-16 season.As a player with the Cougars from 2010 to 2015, McLean was the epitome of the term student-athlete.