Maryland women's basketball head coach Brenda Frese announced the hiring of assistant coach Terry Nooner in September 2015. Nooner comes to College Park after coaching at Alabama the two previous seasons. Prior to his time with the Crimson Tide, Nooner coached at his alma mater, Kansas, where he played from 1997-2000.
"Coach Nooner came highly recommended to me by quite a few people,” Frese said. “I really like his background and how he's worked his way up the ladder. He played for Roy Williams at Kansas and was a team captain. That says a lot about what kind of leader he was for one of the most successful coaches in the business. He's been an assistant for different, successful women's coaches. And he started at the grassroots level, so he knows both sides of the equation. We're excited to welcome him and his family to Maryland."
In his first two years in College Park, Nooner helped the Terrapins to a record of 63-7 (.900), as well as back-to-back Big Ten regular season and tournament titles. He worked with the post players, helping the Terrapins maintain their rebounding dominance on a national scale. In 2016, they led the nation for all men's and women's teams with their rebounding margin of +15.1. In 2017, they were No. 2 in the nation in rebounding (+13.9).
In Nooner's first season at Alabama, the Tide won 14 games, playing one of the most difficult schedules in the nation. Seven of those victories came in Southeastern Conference play, which was the most league wins for the Crimson Tide in over 12 years. Alabama also had several notable victories including the first in Lexington against Kentucky since 2002, the first against Georgia since 2004, snapping a 23-game losing streak to the Lady Bulldogs, and the first in program history at Vanderbilt's Memorial Gym.
Nooner spent one season at his alma mater as an assistant with the women's team. He helped the Jayhawks to one of their most successful seasons, as Kansas finished with a 20-14 overall record in 2012-13. The Jayhawks advanced to the fourth NCAA Sweet 16 in program history and their first in back-to-back seasons. He returned to Lawrence after serving as an assistant for one year at Southern Illinois.
Before joining the collegiate ranks, Nooner coached high school and AAU basketball for seven years in the Kansas City area. Additionally, 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 was a former guard and team captain for the Kansas men's basketball team from 1997-2000. He helped the Jayhawks to a Sweet Sixteen, four NCAA Tournament appearances and three Big 12 championships.
Nooner earned two degrees from Kansas - a bachelor's degree in African and African American studies, in 2000, and a master's degree in sports administration in 2002.
He and his wife Tracy have a daughter, Tarynn, and a son, Terry Nooner III.