Texas Tech Head Basketball Coach Pat Knight has announced the completion of his coaching staff with the hiring of Brooks "Bubba" Jennings as an assistant coach.
"Bubba has really earned this opportunity. He did an outstanding job for us as video coordinator and I'm looking forward to having him coaching, working with players on the court, and recruiting for Texas Tech. He had a great playing career as a Red Raider and had the opportunity to play for and learn from Coach Myers. He's a wealth of Texas Tech basketball history and success," said Coach Pat Knight.
Certainly no stranger to Lubbock or Texas Tech University, Bubba begins his eighth year on the Red Raider basketball staff. He was video operations manager for seven seasons under Coach Bob Knight. Jason Imes has been promoted to video operations manager.
Bubba joins Chris Beard and Stew Robinson as Texas Tech's assistant basketball coaches. Chris begins his eighth season in Lubbock after successful coaching and recruiting experiences at the NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NAIA, and Junior College levels. Stew Robinson begins his sixth season on the Texas Tech coaching staff. He was a three-year starter for Coach Bob Knight at Indiana.
"I really enjoyed having the opportunity to work with Coach Bob Knight for seven years. I'm also very grateful to him for giving me the opportunity to be on his staff. It's amazing how one can continue to learn something new from him every day. I'm really excited about moving into the new position as assistant coach and to be able to continue to work with Coach Pat Knight and the rest of the staff," stated Bubba.
Countless Red Raider fans recall Bubba's multi-award winning years when he laced up his basketball shoes during his highly successful playing days for Coach Gerald Myers.
After graduating with his degree in physical education in 1985, Bubba joined Coach Myers' staff as a graduate assistant before moving to New Mexico to begin his own high school coaching career. During his nine years at Artesia High School in Artesia, New Mexico, his teams garnered two state titles in basketball as well as a state championship in golf.
Returning to Lubbock just over nine years ago, Bubba continued to generate success as his Coronado High School basketball teams were District and Bi-District Champions. He was also recognized for his coaching efforts as City Coach of the Year and District 3-5A Coach of the Year.
Originally from Clovis, New Mexico, Bubba not only played on a New Mexico State Championship team (AAAA), but he was also selected to the Class AAAA All-State Team in 1979 and was named New Mexico Basketball "Player of the Year" in 1980.
Selected as an All-American and Academic All-American by the NHSCAA in 1980, Bubba set New Mexico state records for the most points in a game (75) and the most points in a season. He was inducted into the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame in 1980.
"It's like a dream come true to have played at Texas Tech and now to have the chance to coach here. I'm really looking forward to getting out on the road to recruit, to work with the players on the court, and to all the other duties and responsibilities that go along with being an assistant coach," declared Bubba.
1985 was a banner season for Texas Tech University basketball and for Bubba. The Red Raiders were SWC Champions and Bubba was selected SWC Basketball "Player of the Year," SWC "Athlete of the Year," and Texas Tech Basketball MVP.
To top off this season of celebration, Bubba received the Francis Pomeroy Naismith Award as the nation's most outstanding collegiate basketball player under six feet tall. After being drafted by the Dallas Mavericks, Bubba went on to play professional basketball in Europe for the London Docklands Crystal Palace.
Bubba's wife, Jackie, grew up in Arlington and is also a Texas Tech graduate. She recently established her own Lubbock business, "The Mud Room." Bubba and Jackie have three children, Cooper (19), Kadie (17), and Brooks III (11).