Jerome Tang completed his 10th season as an assistant coach at Baylor in 2012-13, following 10 seasons as head coach at nationally recognized Heritage Christian Academy in Cleveland, Texas.
As a member of Scott Drew's staff, Tang has helped guide Baylor to two NCAA Tournament Elite Eights (2010 and 2012) and the 2013 NIT Championship. He served as interim head coach for two games in 2012-13, leading the Bears to an overtime win against Texas and a 34-point win at Texas Tech, which was Baylor's largest-ever margin of victory in 61 games played in Lubbock.
Tang has been a crucial part of Baylor's seven consensus top-25 recruiting classes, including 2010 (Perry Jones III), 2011 (Quincy Miller and Deuce Bello), 2012 (Isaiah Austin, Rico Gathers and L.J. Rose) and 2013 (Ishmail Wainwright, Dominic Woodson, Johnathan Motley). That talent has paid dividends, as the Bears have recorded 20-win seasons in five of the last six years after posting only three 20-win seasons in the program's first 101 years.
In addition to his recruiting and coaching duties, Tang is responsible for player development and opponent scouting, as well as fundraising and speaking engagements. He is also the program's academics and compliance liason.
Tang also has experience at the international level as a FIBA certified coach. He has served as an assistant coach on the U.S. Virgin Islands U17 National Team and the USVI Senior National Team under Tevester Anderson. He helped lead the Junior National squad to the country's first-ever bronze medal in 2009 Centro Basket in Aguascalientes, Mexico, and the team advanced to the 2010 Tournament Americas. The Junior National Team also played in the 2012 Tournament of Americas in Sao Sebastiao do Paraiso, Brazil.
Prior to his time at Baylor, Tang coached the Houston Hoops AAU program from 1998 until 2003, where he coached McDonald's All-Americans Daniel Gibson and Jawann McClellan. Gibson went on to play at Texas and with the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers, while McClellan played four years at Arizona.
Baylor made history during the 2012-13 season, running off five consecutive wins to claim the NIT Championship, which was Baylor's first postseason tournament title in its 107-year history. The Bears also snapped Kentucky's 55-game home winning streak and defeated No. 4 Kansas by 23 points in the final regular season game, becoming the first team in NCAA history to defeat Kentucky at Rupp Arena and beat Kansas in the same season.
The 2011-12 season was another one for the record books, as Baylor won a school-record 30 games and advanced to the NCAA Tournament South Region Final for the second time in three seasons. The Bears were ranked throughout the season for the first time in program history, reaching as high as No. 3 in the polls and never dropping lower than 14th. Following the record-breaking season, the Bears had a program-record three players selected in the 2012 NBA Draft (Jones III, Quincy Acy, Miller).
During the 2009-10 season, the Bears won a then-school-record 28 games and tied for second in the Big 12 Conference standings with an 11-5 record. The Bears, who earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA South Region, won their first NCAA Tournament game in 60 years, advancing to the Elite Eight for the first time in the modern tournament era. Baylor finished the 2009-10 season ranked No. 10 in the final ESPN/USA TODAY Coaches Top 25 poll and No. 19 in the final AP Top 25 poll.
THE TANG FILE
Oct. 7, 1966
Charter Oak State, 2007
wife: Careylynn; son Seven, daughter Aylyn
Heritage Christian Academy, head coach
Baylor, assistant coach
NCAA, first round (Baylor)
NIT, finals (Baylor)
NCAA, Elite Eight (Baylor)
NCAA, Elite Eight (Baylor)
NIT Champions (Baylor)
The Bears became a national media staple during the 2008-09 season as the program set several new school records. Baylor posted back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in school history, while advancing to its first Big 12 Championship title game, only to fall to Missouri. During its improbable postseason run, Baylor became the first No. 9 seed to advance to the Big 12 Championship title game.
Baylor's 2008-09 squad did something the 2007-08 Bears were unable to accomplish -- win a postseason game. The Bears advanced to the NIT championship game with a semifinal win over San Diego State at Madison Square Garden before falling to Penn State in the title game.
Baylor played a school-record 39 games, including a then-school-record 34 on television. Nineteen of those 34 games were televised nationally -- 18 on the ESPN family of networks. Prior to the 2008-09 season, Baylor had played just 14 games on the ESPN family of networks in the previous 11 seasons.
PRIOR TO BAYLOR In his decade of service at Heritage Christian, Tang led the program to four state championships and built the Eagles into one of the state's TAPPS powerhouses. His squad gained national attention in 2001, when one of Tang's Eagles, junior Cedrick Hensley, scored 101 points in a game.
Feeding off that success, Tang and Heritage Christian became known for producing Division I athletes. Heritage Christian's most-publicized recruit during Tang's tenure was Vakeaton "Von" Wafer, a 2003 McDonald's All-American who played at Florida State and was drafted with the 39th pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2005 NBA draft.
Tang's last two squads at HCA featured other Division I signees in Cedrick Hensley (Houston), Elijah Miller (Houston), Marlon Pompey (Texas A&M), Lamar Hurd (Oregon State), Tim Mayes (Richmond) and Tyler Jones (St. John's). Tang was also the athletic director at Heritage Christian, a birth-through-high school private school that boasted 145 students and just 30 high school students (10th-12th grades). Away from the gym, Tang served as youth pastor at First Assembly of God.
PERSONAL Tang earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Charter Oak State College in September 2007. Tang and his wife Careylyen are the parents of two, son Seven and daughter Aylyn.