Terry Nooner, who has found success at all levels of basketball, including nearly a decade of experience in the women’s college game, recently concluded his first season as an assistant coach at the University of Texas.
Nooner’s responsibilities at Texas included instructing players at the post position, coordinating defensive schemes, as well as being heavily involved in recruiting. The 2019-20 Longhorns ranked 14th nationally in rebounds per game [43.0] and 25th in the nation in rebound margin [+7.6]. Texas, which went 19-11 on the year, earned three wins against top-25 opponents last season, including knocking off No. 1 Stanford.
Nooner directly coached a pair of standout post players in his season on the Forty Acres in Joyner Holmes and Charli Collier.
Holmes was recently selected by the WNBA’s Seattle Storm with the 19th overall pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft. During her senior season of 2019-20, Holmes was an honorable mention All-Big 12 Conference selection. She tied for the team lead in scoring with 13.1 points per game and ranked eighth in the Big 12 [all games combined] in rebounding with 8.7 boards per game. Holmes led the Longhorns and ranked 12th in the Big 12 in field-goal percentage with a 40.9 clip. She recorded 14 double-doubles on the year, which ranked 26th nationally, and started the season with seven consecutive double-doubles, which set the school record. Holmes also was second on her team in both blocked shots  and assists . She was a top-10 finalist for the Katrina McClain Award, which recognizes the nation’s best power forward.
Collier had a breakout sophomore season under Nooner’s direction, earning First-Team All-Big 12 Conference accolades. She started all 30 games at the center position, tying for the team lead in scoring [13.1 points per game] and ranking 20th nationally in rebounds per game [10.5]. Her 314 rebounds marked the third-most by a Texas sophomore in program history and her team-leading 39 blocks were eighth-best by a UT sophomore all-time. Collier charted 16 double-doubles on the year, which ranked sixth nationally, and she became the first Texas player to record double-digit double-doubles in a single season since 2015-16. She was one of only six players in the Big 12 [all games combined] to average a double-double on the season. Collier scored in double figures on 23 occasions and brought down 15 or more rebounds on seven occasions. She was second on her team in free-throw percentage [.771] and third in both field-goal percentage [.432] and three-point field-goal percentage [.379]. Collier was a top-10 finalist for the Lisa Leslie Award, which recognizes the nation’s best center.
Nooner joined 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. Kansas 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 1997-2000. 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 three children.
|THE NOONER FILE|
|Alma Mater: Kansas, 2000 & 2002|
|Hometown: Raytown, Mo.|
|Children: Tarynn, Tatum and Terry III.|
|Present, Kansas (Assistant Coach)|
|2019-20, Texas (Assistant Coach)|
|2018-19, Cleveland Cavaliers (Player Development Coach)|
|2015-18, Maryland (Assistant Coach)|
|2013-15, Alabama (Assistant Coach)|
|2012-13, Kansas (Assistant Coach)|
|2011-12, Southern Illinois (Assistant Coach)|