With Texas Tech moving on from Coach Mark Adams, the search has begun for its’ next basketball coach. Looking inward, Al Pinkins is a great candidate to take over for Adams. He’s a great recruiter and has established incredible relationships with the current players at Texas Tech. Here’s why Al Pinkins should be the next basketball coach at Texas Tech:
Coach Pinkins is a player-first coach that has made incredible bonds with players over his two stints in Lubbock. With Pinkins at the helm, more of the current players would stay on board, giving the program a solid base moving forward.
Pinkins would also be a welcome returnee to many of the boosters that have gotten to know him over the years he’s been in Lubbock, first with Chris Beard and now with Mark Adams at the helm. He knows the expectations and would not have to learn new athletic policies.
Pinkins is one of the best recruiters in the nation, you can see it with the impact he’s had in just a short amount of time in Lubbock. Just weeks after his hiring was announced, 4-Star Guard Jason Jackson committed to Texas Tech despite not having much experience with the rest of the Texas Tech coaching staff.
In addition to this, he helped recruit many of the current players on the roster and would be able to keep a good chunk of this young core intact going into next season.
Pinkins is familiar with the Lubbock area. He’s spent 4 years of his career at Texas Tech, and his familiarity with the administrations and donors gives him an advantage over anyone who has not been in Lubbock before. In addition, Pinkins is familiar with recruiting in this area, and his family is currently based in Lubbock as his son is a basketball star at Frenship High School just outside of Lubbock.