It seems that Brownfield High School Alums continue to rise to the occasion. Just a few weeks ago former BHS student Mark Adams was named head men’s basketball coach for Texas Tech. Well, before the end of this month was up another BHS alum has been named as a head basketball coach for a college program.
Kyle Isaacs, a 2002 graduate of BHS has been named the head men’s basketball coach for the Arizona Western College (AWC) Matadors in Yuma, Arizona. Isaacs, a longtime Matador Assistant, has spent twelve years in Yuma as an assistant first under Kelly Green who is now at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and then returning on the bench for the past decade next to Charles Harral who resigned his position to pursue other opportunities.
While at Arizona Western, Isaacs has been apart of 293 wins, 3 ACCAC Championships, 5 Region I Championships, and 1 District Championship leading to an NJCAA National Tournament appearance. Plus Isaacs has helped recruit and mentor 7 NJCAA All-Americans over his twelve years and been instrumental in the academic and social success of the program.
Isaacs began his college days at South Plains College (SPC) and his coaching endeavors as a student manager under Steve Green who is the brother to Kelly Green and is the current head mens basketball coach for SPC and also just wrapped up his 21st year there. From there Isaacs got the opportunity to be a student manager under iconic Coach Bobby Knight while he was at Texas Tech. “With Coach Green and South Plains being so close to Texas Tech and that is where I always wanted to attend school… Coach Green had a close relationship with Coach Bob Knight and Coach Green was able to get me on at Texas Tech as a student manager.” Isaacs stated. Isaacs eventually became a graduate assistant under Knight.
Isaacs would then leave TTU in 2008 to become a 2nd assistant and his first college basketball coaching job under Kelly Green. Isaacs stayed for two seasons and found himself at a four-year institution as a 1st Assistant under Pete Peterson at Texas A&M-Kingsville. In 2011 Isaacs eventually received a phone call from one of his friends Coach Charles Harral and asked if he would like to come back to AWC to be an assistant and that is where Isaacs has been the past 10 years.
During the the press conference naming Isaacs to the job AWC Athletic Director Jerry Smith said, “Kyle is prepared to build upon the success we’ve had over the past two decades. He is a more than capable leader and will help our student-athletes achieve the goals that we have as an institution.”
Although Isaacs has not been in Brownfield or the area for some time now, he has not forgotten his family, friends and school. During the press conference Isaacs of course gave a shoutout to his parents Tony & Giovanna Isaacs who own Brownfield Floral. “To the two most important influential people in my life, my dad and my mom… thank you for always believing in me and supporting me and pushing me. Anybody that knows me, knows that my parents are a big part of my life.” said Isaacs.
Isaacs went on to talk about graduating from BHS and he knew that the Brownfield Tennis Team was watching and Isaacs said, “Never set yourself short… put that goal out there and then you can reach that goal as long as you have points on the way to be able to get there.”
TownTalk Radio spoke with Isaacs about his new job. Asking about his basketball philosophy, he said in the junior college ranks, “it’s so hard… it’s harder than most levels because the turnover is so great in an year in year out basis… so it just unpredictable.” Isaacs went on to say, “We have ways we like to play… and that way is the Coach Knight way, and that is playing hard, playing smart, playing together… diving for loose balls, being scrappy… playing so hard that other teams don’t want to play against you.”
Isaacs wanted to mention how BHS Head Tennis Coach Rich Hammons and him are best friends and how proud he is to see him leading the tennis team to great things. Isaacs also reiterated his upbringing in Brownfield saying, “I’m so proud of where I’m from… I’m proud of the things I was taught. I’m so grateful for the education that Brownfield Independent School District has taught me and allowed me to get me to the spots that I’m in today.”
Isaacs went on to say,”Those West Texas roots and habits that are instilled in me and my everyday life I want to instill in our kids here at Arizona… theres nothing like West Texas!”