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TTU Basketball Coach Chris Beard announces coaching staff for 2016-17 season

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Texas Tech men’s basketball coach Chris Beard announced his coaching staff for the 2016-17 season on Thursday.

Mark Adams, Chris Odgen and Al Pinkins will serve as assistant coaches for the Red Raiders. The support staff will include Brian Burg as the Chief of Staff, Max Lefevre as the Director of Player Development and John Reilly will head the strength and conditioning program.

Adams, Burg and Lefevre were apart of Beard’s staff at Little Rock where the Trojans racked up 30 victories last season en route to the Sun Belt regular season and tournament championships. Little Rock wiped away a 14-point deficit during the final five minutes of the second half and won an 85-83 double overtime thriller over No. 12-ranked and fifth-seeded Purdue in the NCAA Tournament.

Graduate assistants for the 2016-17 season are former Red Raider Darryl Dora along with Grant Coffman (Texas-Arlington), Casey Perrin (Campbell) and Hunter Jenkins (Louisiana Tech). Dora was part of 81 wins from 2003-07 and played on three NCAA Tournament teams during his Tech career highlighted by the 2005 NCAA Sweet 16 squad.  

Texas Tech is accepting new season ticket deposits which can be purchased for $20 online at www.TexasTech.com. Following your purchase, a Texas Tech Ticket Office representative will contact you with seat options, and fans will have the opportunity to take advantage of an affordable five-month payment plan. The $20 season ticket deposit will go towards the full price of a 2016-17 season ticket.

Fans also can purchase season ticket deposits in person at the Texas Tech Athletics Ticket Office located on the East Side of Jones AT&T Stadium or over the phone at (806) 742-8324. Information on single-game tickets and mini-plans will be announced at a later date by the Tech Athletics Ticket Office.


Mark Adams

Adams returns to the Texas Tech staff after he spent the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons as the program’s Director of Basketball Operations.

Most recently, Adams served as an assistant coach on Chris Beard’s Little Rock staff during the 2015-16 season. The Trojans started a historic campaign with 10 straight wins and finished with a 30-5 mark. Little Rock claimed the Sun Belt regular season and tournament titles and knocked off No. 12-ranked and fifth-seeded Purdue by an 85-83 margin in double overtime at the NCAA Tournament. The 15-game improvement for the Trojans was tied for the NCAA’s top spot in 2015-16.     

Little Rock had three players collect All-Sun Belt accolades during the same season for the first time in program history headed by Josh Hagins on the All-Sun Belt First Team and the NABC’s All-District 24 First Team. Roger Woods notched All-Sun Belt Third-Team status and captured the 2016 Sun Belt Tournament Most Valuable Player award.

Adams has won at every level and amassed a 554-244 career record with a .694 winning percentage over his 23 seasons as a head coach. His head coaching stints include Clarendon College (1981-82), Wayland Baptist (1983-87), West Texas A&M (1987-92), Texas Pan-American (1992-97) and Howard College (2004-13).

Adams led Howard College to the 2010 NJCAA National Championship and was named the NJCAA’s National Coach of the Year. Current Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder averaged 18.9 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.4 steals under Adams in 2009-10.

Adams has guided his teams to 14 postseason appearances as a head coach and reached the national tournament of each school's respective classification eight times (three NJCAA, two NCAA Division II and three NAIA). Wayland Baptist secured a spot in the 1985 NAIA National Final.

Overall, Adams has piled up 15 Coach of the Year honors during his time as a head coach. He also has captured six region, conference or district Coach of the Year honors over his career.

Adams recorded 233 victories from 2004-13 at Howard College located in Big Spring, Texas and advanced to the NJCAA Regional Tournament for nine consecutive seasons. The 2006 team racked up a program single-season record 36 wins. Adams led his teams to three conference championships and six regional finals appearances over his nine-year run.

During his first stint at Texas Tech, Adams helped the Red Raiders earn five victories over Top 20 opponents as the program’s Director of Basketball Operations.

Adams is a 1979 graduate of Texas Tech. He and his wife, Jennifer, are the parents of two children: Luke and Abbie. Luke lettered from 2011-15 on Tech’s basketball team, while his daughter Abbie also is a recent Texas Tech graduate.

Adams’ Coaching Experience

Seasons, School, Position

1981-82, Clarendon College, Head Coach

1983-87, Wayland Baptist, Head Coach

1987-92, West Texas A&M, Head Coach

1992-97, Texas-Pan American, Head Coach

2004-13, Howard College, Head Coach

2013-15, Texas Tech, Director of Basketball Operations

2015-16, Little Rock, Assistant Coach

2016-Present, Texas Tech, Assistant Coach


Chris Odgen

Ogden is back in the Lone Star State and set to begin his first season as an assistant coach at Texas Tech. He is a former Final Four team captain under Rick Barnes and was a longtime member of Barnes’ basketball staff at Texas. Ogden spent last season working with Barnes at Tennessee.

Prior to Tennessee, Ogden served the previous seven seasons as an assistant coach and was on the Longhorns’ staff for a total of 12 years, also serving for four seasons as an administrative assistant with the program. 

During his tenure as a full-time assistant, Ogden helped his alma mater to a 155-87 record, and the Longhorns advanced to the NCAA Tournament six times.

Ogden was instrumental in signing six McDonald’s All-Americans over the last seven seasons (Avery Bradley in 2009; Cory Joseph in 2010; Tristan Thompson in 2010; Myck Kabongo in 2011; Cameron Ridley in 2012 and Myles Turner in 2014). 

Ogden has had a hand in assembling five recruiting classes that were ranked in the top 10 nationally by ESPN. Texas’ three-man recruiting class in 2014 featured McDonald’s All-American Turner (No. 2 recruit by ESPN), No. 86-ranked prospect Jordan Barnett and transfer Shaquille Cleare, who was rated the No. 30 prospect in 2012 by ESPN. Texas’ six-man freshman class in 2012 was ranked No. 4 nationally by ESPN, and its six-man freshman class in 2011 was tabbed the No. 4 recruiting class in the country by ESPN. Despite a group that numbered only two, Texas’ class of Joseph and Thompson in 2010 was ranked as the No. 8 recruiting class nationally by ESPN. Texas’ three-man freshman class in 2009 was ranked No. 3 nationally by Rivals.com and No. 4 by ESPNU and included Bradley, the top-rated recruit in the country by ESPNU.

Texas climbed to the top of both major national polls on Jan. 11, 2010, which marked the first time in program history that the Longhorns had been the nation’s top-ranked team in either major poll.

Ogden helped guide Texas to a school-record 31 wins in a season in 2007-08. In 2006-07, using a starting rotation of four freshmen and a sophomore, the Horns posted a 25-10 mark and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. And in 2005-06, Texas registered a 30-7 record and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight.

Ogden has coached seven players who have gone onto have their name called in the NBA Draft.

Three Texas players were selected in the first round of the NBA Draft in 2011—the second consecutive year three Longhorns had been drafted. Thompson was taken with the No. 4 pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Jordan Hamilton was picked No. 26 by Dallas (then traded to Denver), and Cory Joseph was taken with the No. 29 pick by the San Antonio Spurs.

In 2010, Texas’ three draftees were Bradley (No. 19 pick by the Boston Celtics), Damion James (No. 24 pick by the Atlanta Hawks) and Dexter Pittman (No. 32 pick by the Miami Heat).

In the 2015 draft, the Indiana Pacers selected Turner with the 11th overall pick, making the 6-11 center the fifth frontcourt player that Ogden has helped mold into an NBA talent.

In his role as the Longhorns’ administrative assistant, Ogden supervised film exchange and played a major role in summer camp administration while also assisting with all of the basketball program’s internal operations.

Ogden played four years (2000-03) at forward for the Longhorns and was a member of four NCAA Tournament teams, reaching the Final Four as a senior captain. He completed his career at Texas with more team victories than any player in program history (97).

The team captain as a senior during the run to the 2003 Final Four, Ogden played in 85 career games–including three starts–and totaled 144 points, 88 rebounds and 40 assists. He earned the team’s Jay Arnette Award as a junior in 2001-02, an honor given to a player for behind-the-scenes efforts and contributions to the team.

Following his collegiate player career, he joined the Texas basketball staff as a student assistant coach for one year while he completed his undergraduate degree. Ogden was responsible for making personnel, team and post-game edits and supervised the film exchange process in that role. He earned a bachelor’s of science degree in education in 2004.

A native of Seminole, Texas, Ogden played four years of varsity basketball at Seminole High School. He was crowned the state of Texas’ “Mr. Basketball” following his a senior season in 1998-99. That year, he averaged 17.3 points, 10.6 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game while leading SHS to a 36-4 record and a runner-up finish in the Class 3A state tournament.

Ogden and his wife, Katie, have three children: Bo, Ellie and Parker.

Ogden’s Coaching Experience

Seasons, School, Position

2003-04, Texas, Student Assistant Coach

2004-08, Texas, Administrative Assistant

2008-15, Texas, Assistant Coach

2015-16, Tennessee, Assistant Coach

2016-Present, Texas Tech, Assistant Coach


Al Pinkins

Pinkins possesses 13 years of collegiate coaching experience and spent the last five seasons working at Ole Miss, Tennessee and LSU in the SEC. He is known for the development of front court personnel and will be involved in all aspects of the Tech program which includes opponent scouting and on-court coaching. 

During his time at Ole Miss, Pinkins coached the program’s all-time leading rebounder in Murphy Holloway and the program’s all-time leading shot blocker in Reginald Buckner. Holloway came away with an All-SEC First-Team selection, while Bucker tucked away SEC All-Defensive Team honors in 2013. The Rebels secured the 2013 SEC Tournament title, a NCAA Tournament berth and matched a program single-season record with 27 victories.

Ole Miss totaled 20 wins and an NIT bid during Pinkins’ first season with the Rebels in 2011-12. He worked with Terrence Henry who garnered All-SEC status for the first time in his career. 

Pinkins worked with a young and undersized Tennessee front line in 2014-15. The Vols posted a positive rebounding margin fueled by a second place finish in defensive rebounds and fourth place finish in offensive rebounds.

Pinkins had the chance in his only season at LSU to work with Ben Simmons, the NBA’s No. 1 overall draft pick of the Philadelphia 76ers. Simmons was the consensus 2016 National Freshman of the Year. He rated among the SEC’s Top 5 in points (19.2), rebounds (11.8), assists (4.8) and steals (2.0) per game.

Pinkins’ first collegiate coaching opportunity came at Middle Tennessee State from 2003-11. He was intimately involved in all aspects of the Blue Raiders program highlighted by recruiting throughout the South and the development of MTSU’s post players. The 2010 MTSU team advanced to postseason play in the CollegeInsider.com event. 

Pinkins began his playing as a standout prep performer at Mitchell-Baker High School in Camilla, Georgia. He helped lead his team to consecutive state championships during the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons. Pinkins also quarterbacked the MBHS football team to the 1990 Georgia state championship.

Pinkins started his collegiate playing career at Chipola Junior College in Florida from 1993-95 where he averaged 17.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game over his two seasons. He transferred to North Carolina State after his sophomore season. Pinkins secured 9.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. The 1997 NC State squad advanced to the NIT Second Round.

Pinkins played professionally with Team Baleno in Zaragoza, Spain. He posted 22 points and nine rebounds per game in 1998. He also played for the Raleigh (N.C.) Cougars in the United States Basketball League (USBL) in 1998 and for Minot (N.D.) in the International Basketball Association (IBL) where he captured Most Valuable Player honors.

Following his IBA stint, Pinkins played overseas and picked up 29 points and 11 rebounds per game in the Qatar Basketball Association along with an 11-point, 8-rebound averages in the Chinese Basketball Association.

Pinkins earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from NC State in 1998. He and his wife, Kara, have three sons: Patton, Pryce and Penn.

Pinkins’ Coaching Experience

Seasons, School, Position

2003-11, Middle Tennessee State, Assistant Coach

2011-14, Ole Miss, Assistant Coach – Recruiting Coordinator

2014-15, Tennessee, Assistant Coach – Recruiting Coordinator

2015-16, LSU, Assistant Coach

2016-Present, Texas Tech, Assistant Coach


Brian Burg

Burg joins the Red Raiders as the Chief of Staff for the basketball program. He will be involved in all facets of the program in addition to acting as a liaison to various areas within the athletic department.

Over his last three seasons, Burg’s teams have compiled an 83-18 record fueled by two NCAA Tournament trips and a NIT appearance. His teams have posted a 48-4 conference mark in addition to a 40-game home winning streak. 

Burg served as an assistant coach on Chris Beard’s Little Rock staff in 2015-16. The Trojans began their Sun Belt championship season with a program-best 10-0 record. Little Rock completed a 30-5 season, and the program’s 15-game improvement was tied for the NCAA’s top spot.

The Trojans had three players pick up All-Sun Belt honors during the same season for the first time in program history headed by Josh Hagins on the All-Sun Belt First Team. Little Rock overcame a 14-point deficit in the final five minutes during its NCAA Tournament First Round contest en route to an 85-83 double overtime victory against No. 12-ranked and fifth-seeded Purdue. Burg earned one of the nation’s Top 5 Mid-Major Recruiters by CBSsports.com in 2015-16.

Prior to Little Rock, Burg spent two seasons at North Carolina Central as an assistant coach. The Eagles turned in an impressive 53-14 record, won 31 of their 32 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) games and secured berths to the 2014 NCAA Tournament and 2015 NIT. NCCU’s 28 victories in 2013-14 were a single-season MEAC record and its .824 winning percentage was the highest by a MEAC school since the 1987-88 season.

Overall, Burg assisted in the recruitment and coached seven All-MEAC selections during his tenure. Jeremy Ingram came away with 2014 All-MEAC First-Team honors, the 2014 MEAC Player of the Year and the 2014 MEAC Tournament Most Outstanding Performer. Burg was ranked the MEAC’s top assistant coach by NextUpRecruits.com in 2014-15.

Burg’s first opportunity as an assistant coach at the Division I level came at Campbell University where he organized the program’s recruiting efforts and assisted in all phases of the program. The Camels won the 2010 Atlantic Sun Conference regular season title and set program records for regular season (19) and conference (14) wins. Campbell ranked among the NCAA’s Top 10 in a pair of categories in 2010. The Camels were second in steals per game and eighth in turnover margin. 

Burg served as lead recruiter on All-Big South performer Eric Griffin, who spent time with the Detroit Pistons during the 2015-16 NBA season and was Campbell’s first-ever NBA player. Griffin also enjoyed stints with the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers summer league teams. Darren White became the first player to represent the Camels in the NBA Development League, and Trey Freeman garnered 2012 Big South Freshman of the Year accolades. In total, Burg has had 35 players go on to play professional basketball.

Burg joined the Campbell program after two seasons as the Director of Basketball Operations under Kermit Davis at Middle Tennessee State. He was primarily responsible for overseeing the student-athlete academic progress, video editing and the program’s extensive community service efforts.

Burg began his coaching career at Lake Erie College as a graduate assistant from 2003-05 followed by one-year assistant coaching stops at Garden City Community College (2005-06) and Western Texas College (2006-07). 

Burg, a native of Houston, Texas, earned his bachelor’s degree from Mount Mercy in 2003 and master’s degree from Lake Erie in 2005.

Burg’s Coaching Experience

Seasons, School, Position

2003-05, Lake Erie College, Graduate Assistant

2005-06, Garden City Community College, Assistant Coach

2006-07, Western Texas College, Assistant Coach

2007-09, Middle Tennessee State, Director of Basketball Operations

2009-13, Campbell, Assistant Coach

2013-15, North Carolina Central, Assistant Coach

2015-16, Little Rock, Assistant Coach

2016-Present, Texas Tech, Chief of Staff


Max Lefevre

Lefevre will serve as the Director of Player Development for the Red Raiders after he was a part of Beard’s staff as Director of Basketball Operations at Little Rock in 2015-16. He also worked for two seasons as a graduate assistant at Angelo State under Chris Beard. Over those three seasons, Lefevre has worked for teams that have compiled a 77-20 record.

Little Rock collected a program-record 30 victories along with the Sun Belt regular season and tournament titles. The Trojans defeated No. 12-ranked and fifth-seeded Purdue with an 85-83 comeback victory in double overtime at the NCAA Tournament.

Angelo State managed a program-record 28 games and advanced the Sweet Sixteen of the Division II NCAA Tournament in Lefevre’s second season with the program. The Rams lost only two home games in Lefevre’s two seasons in Angelo.

Prior to his time at Angelo State, Lefevre worked for MOKAN Basketball. Located in Kansas City, MOKAN is one of the top grassroots basketball organizations in the country. Lefevre coached youth MOKAN elite teams in tournaments across the country and contributed to the creation of a youth coaching developmental program. He organized events such as the KC Classic, Hardwood Classic, Nike Pre-Draft Camp and various high school team camps.

Born in France, Lefevre played college basketball at Avila University in Kansas City, Mo. He earned his Bachelor of Science in International Business from Avila in 2012 before earning his Master of Education in Sports Administration from Angelo State in 2015.

Lefevre’s Coaching Experience

Seasons, School, Position

2013-15, Angelo State, Graduate Assistant

2015-16, Little Rock, Director of Basketball Operations

2016-Present, Texas Tech, Director of Player Development

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