Terry Nooner, who has found success at all levels of basketball including more than eight years of experience in the women’s college game, has been named assistant coach at The University of Texas, head coach Karen Aston announced Friday.
Nooner’s responsibilities at Texas will include instructing players at the post position as well as being heavily involved in recruiting.
Nooner joins the Longhorns from the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, where he spent the 2018-19 season as Player Development Coach.
Prior to his time with the Cavaliers, Nooner served three seasons as an assistant coach for the University of Maryland women’s basketball team. He helped the Terrapins to a record of 89-14 [.864], including a 43-7 [.860] mark in Big Ten Conference play. During his stint in College Park, Maryland won back-to-back Big Ten regular season and tournament titles and earned three NCAA Tournament berths.
While at Maryland, Nooner helped recruit the nation’s No. 1 class in 2016 and the fourth-ranked class in 2018. He worked with the post players and, in 2016, helped Maryland lead the nation with a rebounding margin of +15.1. In 2017, the Terrapins were second in the nation in rebounding margin [+13.9].
Nooner was an assistant coach at the University of Alabama for two seasons from 2013-15. In his first season in Tuscaloosa, the Crimson Tide won 14 games, playing one of the most difficult schedules in the nation. Seven of those victories came in Southeastern Conference play, which were the most league wins for the Tide in more than 12 years. Alabama had several notable victories during Nooner’s time there, including the first win in program history at Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym.
Nooner spent one season at his alma mater, the University of Kansas, as an assistant coach with the women’s basketball team. He helped the Jayhawks to one of their most successful seasons, as Kansas finished with 20 wins in 2012-13. The Jayhawks advanced to the fourth NCAA Sweet 16 in program history.
Nooner began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach at Southern Illinois in 2011-12. During that season, he worked with Cartaesha Macklin, who was named Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year.
Before joining the collegiate ranks, Nooner coached high school and AAU basketball for seven years in the Kansas City area. Additionally, he served as president of KC Pro Am Inc., a non-profit organization that provides basketball instruction, from 2007-11. He also worked at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City as a personal basketball instructor from 2006-11. Nooner’s past clients include Chauncey Billups, Tyronn Lue and Billy Thomas, in addition to several college players.
Nooner, a Raytown, Mo., native, was a former guard and team captain for the University of Kansas from 1996-2000. He helped the Jayhawks to a Sweet Sixteen, four NCAA Tournament appearances and three Big 12 Championships.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in African-American Studies from the University of Kansas in 2000. In 2002, he earned his Master’s degree in Sport Administration from Kansas.
Nooner and his wife Tracy have two daughters, Tarynn and Tatum, and a son, Terry III.