Jennings Returns To Men's Basketball Staff
June 16, 2011
Texas Tech men's basketball head coach Billy Gillispiehas announced that Brooks "Bubba" Jennings will return to the Red Raider men's basketball staff.
"We are extremely proud to have Bubba on our staff," said Gillispie. "When you think about Bubba Jennings, you think about Texas Tech Basketball. There is a great tradition here and he has definitely been a great part of that as both a player and a coach."
"I am really a blessed person," said Jennings. "I played for Gerald Myers. There is none better than him. I am indebted to coach (Bob) Knight for bringing me onto the staff and giving me my first college coaching job. And Pat (Knight) gave me my first opportunity to work on the floor as a coach. And now I am as happy as I can be to work for coach Gillispie. I really think he is going to do a good job."
Jennings was one of the most decorated players in Texas Tech history, winning the coveted Francis Pomeroy Naismith Award as the nation's most outstanding collegiate basketball player under six-feet tall following his senior season. He started every game he ever played in at Texas Tech (117).
An honorable mention All-America and Academic All-America selection in 1985, Jennings led Texas Tech to the Southwest Conference championship en route to begin named SWC Player of the Year, SWC Athlete of the Year, and Texas Tech Basketball MVP. Drafted by the Dallas Mavericks, Bubba went on to play professional basketball in Europe for the London Docklands Crystal Palace.
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.
Jennings continued his coaching career in Lubbock, where he led Coronado High School to back-to-back district and bi-district championships. 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, Jennings not only played on a New Mexico State Championship team (AAAA), but he was also selected to the Class 4A All-State Team in 1979 and was named New Mexico Basketball Player of the Year in 1980.
Selected as a high school All-America and Academic All-America by the NHSCAA in 1980, Jennings 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.
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 (22), Kadie (19), and Brooks III (14).