Alan Major, a veteran coach with more than 20 years of experience at some of the nation’s top men’s college basketball programs, has been named Director of Player Development for Texas Women’s Basketball, head coach Karen Aston announced Thursday.
“It’s a privilege to bring Alan into our Longhorn Family,” Aston said. “I have known him for a long time – since our days at Charlotte – and have always appreciated his passion for teaching and studying the game. Alan will bring a different set of eyes and will be instrumental in strategizing about reaching our potential as a program. I’m excited to work with him and share his ideas.”
In his role at Texas, Major will actively participate in the development of the program’s student-athletes, will serve as a program analyst for the coaching staff and will assist with on-campus recruiting, video scouting and community events.
“I’m extremely excited for this opportunity with Karen Aston and the Texas women’s basketball program,” Major said. “The friendship with Karen and her staff was a huge plus. Texas is a world-class institution that speaks for itself, and the women’s basketball program is one of the best in the country. The chance to serve and share was a big draw with this particular journey. I’m very thankful to God to be able to do what I love to do which is help people grow and become the best they can be. I’m looking forward to chipping in with the staff to develop the program, as well as building great relationships with the student-athletes so they can maximize their experiences as Longhorns.”
Major spent a combined 18 years as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Ohio State, Pacific, Southern Illinois and Cal Lutheran before being named the head men’s coach at Charlotte prior to the start of the 2010-11 season. He led the 49ers for four-plus seasons, including a 21-12 record and an National Invitation Tournament appearance in 2012-13.
Major graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Education degree in sociology in 1992, serving as a manager for Gene Keady’s Boilermakers, including spending the 1991 and 1992 seasons as head manager. He earned his Master of Education degree in physical education from California Lutheran University in 1995.DI Texas