Terry Nooner leaving KU women for ’Bama

Friday, May 31, 2013

Former Kansas University basketball guard Terry Nooner has been hired as assistant women’s basketball coach at the University of Alabama, Crimson Tide coach Kristy Curry has announced.

Curry worked the past seven seasons as head coach at Texas Tech. Nooner worked last season as an assistant on Bonnie Henrickson’s KU staff.

Nooner, a former guard and team captain for the KU men’s team from 1997-2000, helped KU to a 20-14 overall record in 2012-13 while advancing to the fourth NCAA Sweet 16 in program history and its first in back-to-back seasons. He came to KU after working as an assistant for one year at Southern Illinois.

Prior to joining the collegiate ranks, Nooner coached high school and AAU basketball for seven years in the Kansas City area. In addition, he served as president of KC Pro Am Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides basketball instruction, from 2007-11 and 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 of the L.A. Clippers and former NBA players Tyronn Lue and Billy Thomas, in addition to several college players.

Nooner earned two degrees from Kansas, including a bachelor’s degree in African and African American studies, which he earned in 2000, and a master’s degree in sports administration that he finished two years later.

He and his wife, Tracy, have one daughter, Tarynn.

“Enjoyed this past year working at my Alma Mater....Forever a JAYHAWK and excited about this new chapter and joining the University of Alabama family! #RollTide,” Nooner wrote Thursday on facebook.