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Alvin Brooks III named Top High Major Division 1 Coach in Country, by Minority Coaches Association

Alvin Brooks III completed his third season as an assistant coach at Baylor in 2020-2021.Brooks helped the Bears to a remarkable turnaround in his third season, as BU finished 20-14 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. BUwas picked to finish ninth out of 10 Big 12 teams, and the Bears lost their leading scorer to a season-ending injury two games into conference play. Despite injuries to three additional starters, Baylor rallied to finish fourth in the Big 12 and secured aNo. 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament, where they knocked off Syracuse in the first round. With its 2019 NCAA Tournament berth, Baylor extended its school-record to eight consecutive postseason appearances, making the Bears one of 14 teams to appear in every postseason since 2012.Brooks helped the Bears reach unprecedented heights in his first year with the program, earning the program’s first-ever No. 1 national ranking and a school-record fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance in 2016-17. BU began the season with 15 consecutive wins, climbing from unranked to No. 1 nationally in an eight-week span. Baylor recorded wins over top-10 opponents three times in its first eight games, with victories over No. 4 Oregon, No. 7 Xavier and No. 10 Louisville, the last of which secured the 2016 Battle 4 Atlantis title. BU also defeated No. 10 West Virginia for a school-record fourth top-10 win. The 2016-17 Bears tied a school-record with 12 Big 12 victories and earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament. BU defeated New Mexico State and USC to advance to the Sweet 16, and the Bears finished the season 27-8 and ranked No. 12 nationally.

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