Kyle Cooper joined the Western Texas men’s basketball coaching staff in July 2019, as Coach Andre Owens’ primary assistant.
Cooper comes to WTC after one season as the top assistant coach at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (NJCAA D1). The Bulldogs finished the year 20-6 and won 20 games for the first time since 2011-12.Cooper's primary focus was on the Bulldogs defense which finished #3 in the NJCAA in points allowed per game and #6 on Massey Ratings in overall defense. The team extended the longest standing MACJC postseason streak by making the postseason for the 21st year in a row. Gulf Coast maintained a 100% graduation rate and five sophomores signed to continue on at NCAA D1 or D2 schools.
Prior to Gulf Coast Cooper was the head coach at Little Priest Tribal College in Nebraska (NJCAA D2). The Warriors won 14 games in 2017-18 after the program had managed only three wins in its first three seasons. Cooper’s players won the school's first three conference player of the week awards and had a national player of the week after upsetting the undefeated No. 1 team in the country, which was the defending national champion in NJCAA Division II. Seven of his 12 players earned Academic All-Region honors, and one signed to a mid-major NCAA Division I school.
Cooper was associate head men’s basketball coach from 2011-2017 at North Iowa Area Community College (NJCAA D2), where the Trojans had five straight winning seasons for the first time in 25 years. He recruited and coached the school’s first-ever two-time All-American, 17 all-region players and 15 that went on to play NCAA Division I or II. Six of his players eventually played professionally overseas.
Cooper also played at NIACC, where he was a first-team All-Region player and ranks fourth with 81 3-pointers in for a season. He hit 161 3’s in his JUCO career. He was 5A 2nd team all-state in high school at West Plains High School.
After getting his associate’s degree at North Iowa, he graduated from Waldorf University with a bachelor’s in organizational leadership and a master’s in the same field with an emphasis in sports management.
Cooper lives in Snyder with his wife Nicole.