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Men's basketball hires assistant coach

Postby PonyPride » Fri Oct 02, 2020 12:22 pm

From SMUMustangs.com:

John Cooper Named Assistant Coach

DALLAS (SMU) – John Cooper has been named an assistant coach by Head Coach Tim Jankovich. Cooper has served as head coach at Miami (Ohio) and Tennessee State as well as an assistant coach at Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Oregon and Auburn.

Cooper has recorded more than 100 wins as a Division I head coach, and joins the Mustangs after three seasons on staff at Oklahoma State.

"We are very excited to have John joining our basketball family," said Jankovich. "He has been an outstanding player, assistant coach and head coach. His wealth of experience will be a tremendous addition to our program."

Prior to Oklahoma State, the Kansas City, Missouri, native spent eight seasons as a head coach, three at Tennessee State (2009-12) and five at Miami (Ohio) (2012-17). In all, Cooper has been in collegiate coaching since 1993, including assistant coaching roles at South Carolina (1995-01), Oregon (2002-04) and Auburn (2004-09).

"I am really excited to join the SMU family," said Cooper. "I am looking forward to contributing to the achievements of this program, and helping the staff and student-athletes continue to be successful."

In his five seasons with Miami (Ohio), he coached five All-Mid-American Conference honorees. At TSU, his 2011-12 squad posted a 20-13 record, the school's first winning mark since 1995-96 and the Tigers' first 20-win season in 32 years. He was a finalist for four different coaching awards in 2011-12, including the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award, the John McLendon Award, The Hugh Durham Award and the Ben Jobe Award.

Cooper joined Tennessee State following a five-year stint as associate head coach at Auburn, including a 24-12 record in 2008-09. He was at Oregon from 2002-04 where he helped the Ducks to a 41-23 mark. Oregon went 23-10 with an NCAA bid in 2002-03 and was 18-13 in 2003-04 en route to the NIT semifinals. From 1995 to 2001 Cooper was an assistant coach at South Carolina. The 1996-97 squad won the SEC title, finishing 24-8 and ranked No. 6 in the AP poll.

Cooper played collegiately at Wichita State from 1987-91. He led the Shockers in scoring and rebounding during his junior and senior seasons. Cooper was a two-time team captain and a Rhodes Scholar candidate his senior year.

He played professional basketball with the Ft. Wayne Fury (CBA) in 1991-92 and with the Commodore Mustangs (Netherlands) in 1992-93.

Cooper earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Wichita State in 1991. He and his wife, Melissa, have a daughter, Kennedy, and a son, Kameron.

John Cooper Timeline
1987-91 Wichita State (Student-Athlete)
1991-92 Ft. Wayne Fury (Player)
1992-93 Commodore Mustangs (Player)
1993-95 Fayetteville State (Assistant Coach)
1995-01 South Carolina (Assistant Coach)
2002-04 Oregon (Assistant Coach)
2004-09 Auburn (Assistant Coach)
2009-12 Tennessee State (Assistant Coach)
2012-17 Miami (Ohio) (Head Coach)
2017-20 Oklahoma State (Assistant Coach 2017-19, Special Assistant to HC 2019-20)
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Re: Men's basketball hires assistant coach

Postby Charleston Pony » Fri Oct 02, 2020 2:51 pm

What we really want to know is who he recruited to those schools during his previous stops
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Re: Men's basketball hires assistant coach

Postby mustangxc » Sat Oct 03, 2020 8:36 pm

Looking at OSU's recruits the last couple of seasons, it doesn't appear he was the lead recruiter for any of their players so probably a terrible hire base on our needs.
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Re: Men's basketball hires assistant coach

Postby Charleston Pony » Sat Oct 03, 2020 9:05 pm

I always wonder how hard a guy who has been a head coach and then drops back into an assistant role is going to work on the trail.
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Re: Men's basketball hires assistant coach

Postby mustangxc » Sun Oct 04, 2020 2:00 pm

I think we'll make the NCAA tournament this season, but collapse to mediocrity next season. We need to add some snipers so we can continuously reload. This regime is so uninspiring!
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Re: Men's basketball hires assistant coach

Postby EastStang » Mon Oct 05, 2020 11:45 am

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Re: Men's basketball hires assistant coach

Postby bubba pony » Tue Oct 06, 2020 6:43 am

his record as a head coach is 102–152 (.402) not impressed

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Re: Men's basketball hires assistant coach

Postby mustangxc » Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:45 am

Doesn't inspire confidence as a bench coach or a recruiter so he ticked off all appropriate boxes in the search!
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Re: Men's basketball hires assistant coach

Postby ponyboy » Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:51 pm

Kinda rough on the guy, aren't we? What, we only hire former head coaches with winning records as assistants?
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Re: Men's basketball hires assistant coach

Postby mustangxc » Wed Oct 07, 2020 3:25 pm

You either want your assistants to be young hungry stud recruiters or veteran bench tacticians. This guy is neither.
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Re: Men's basketball hires assistant coach

Postby Charleston Pony » Wed Oct 07, 2020 6:45 pm

Let's see how it plays out. All I know is that SMU basketball needs to have a really strong showing this year and has to find some immediate impact recruits to backfill what could be several key openings in the rotation next year. Right now, I don't see those recruits on the radar and that's an important part of any assistant's job
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Re: Men's basketball hires assistant coach

Postby JasonB » Thu Oct 08, 2020 2:45 pm

mustangxc wrote:You either want your assistants to be young hungry stud recruiters or veteran bench tacticians. This guy is neither.

There is a reason that he made his way up the ladder and got head coaching opportunities. So I won't rail on his tactics yet. That part could be a welcome addition to the staff. They haven't really filled the tactics gap since LB and Jank were bouncing ideas off of each other.

That said, we lost our top recruiter and haven't filled that spot. That is troubling, especially with such a big recruiting year ahead of us.
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