Glynn Cyprien--widely considered one of the top coaches and recruiters in the country--is in his third season as associate head basketball coach at Texas A&M.
Overseeing the Aggie guards, Cyprien worked directly with 2012-13 senior Elston Turner who was heralded as one of the nation’s top scorers. Turner captured first-team All-SEC and USBWA All-District accolades after finishing third in the SEC in scoring, along the way gaining national player of the week honors after becoming just the third player all-time to score 40 points against Kentucky at Rupp Arena during an A&M victory in January.
A native of New Orleans, Cyprien came to Aggieland after two seasons as an assistant at Memphis. His recent stops have also included Kentucky, Arkansas and Oklahoma State.
"Coach Cyp is recognized as one of the top college coaches and recruiters and is a huge part of what we are building here at Texas A&M," Aggie head coach Billy Kennedy said. "First and foremost, he's a great friend. We started our coaching careers together back in New Orleans. He's been to the Final Four with Oklahoma State. He knows this league, he knows Texas, and he's an excellent basketball coach that will develop the kids to where I want them to be.”
Over the last 19 years of his coaching career, Cyprien has been a part of 16 winning seasons, with 14 of those teams making postseason play (10 NCAA, 4 NIT). In his entire 24-year collegiate coaching tenure, he has worked with 15 20-win teams and been a postseason participant 15 times. In addition, Cyprien has hauled in numerous top-flight recruiting classes, including the nation's No. 1 crop in 2009.
In his two seasons at Memphis, Cyprien helped guide the Tigers to 49 wins and back-to-back postseason trips. In 2011, Memphis went 25-10, won the Conference USA Tournament title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He was key in landing in the nation's No. 1 recruiting class in 2009, an effort for which he was named one of college basketball's "hoops recruiters extraordinaire" by Yahoo! Sports national writer Jason King in 2010.
Cyprien's two most recent stops prior to Memphis came at SEC hoops powers Kentucky and Arkansas. From 2007-09 he helped the Wildcats to a combined 40-27 record and back-to-back postseason appearances (2008 NCAA, 2009 NIT). In his one year at Arkansas, Cyprien and the Razorbacks went 21-14 and made a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to his stop in Fayetteville, Cyprien was an associate head coach at New Mexico State, where he helped the Aggies improve from 6-24 in 2005 to 16-14 in 2006--the second-best turnaround in the country that season.
Before his one year at NMSU, Cyprien had an outstanding run as an assistant on Eddie Sutton's staff at Oklahoma State from 2000-04. In his four years in Stillwater, the Cowboys had a combined 97-32 record and earned four-straight NCAA Tournament berths. Cyprien's final year at Oklahoma State was one of the best in the school's history, as the Cowboys went 31-4 and advanced to the NCAA Final Four.
While at UNLV from 1995-2000, it was Cyprien's recruiting efforts that got the Runnin' Rebels back on the national stage. His 1997 recruiting class was rated the best in the nation by The Sporting News and Basketball Times, and the 1999 class was No. 2 in the country according to Hoop Scoop. Those classes translated into four-straight winning seasons and four-consecutive postseason bids (2 NCAA, 2 NIT) from 1997-2000.
Before his move to Las Vegas, Cyprien spent a season at Western Kentucky in 1994-95. The Hilltoppers had a tremendous campaign, compiling a 27-4 record, sweeping the Sun Belt Conference regular season and tournament titles and advancing to the NCAA Tournament second round. Western Kentucky was ranked No. 21 in the final national polls, and the Hilltoppers' recruiting class that season was rated 10th-best in the country.
Cyprien began his coaching career with stops at UTSA (1987-90), Lamar University (1990-91) and Jacksonville (1991-94). While at Texas-San Antonio, he helped the Roadrunners earn the school's first NCAA Tournament berth in 1988, his first year with the program.
Cyprien lettered two seasons as a player at Southern University-New Orleans. In 2004, he earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from UTSA.
He has been a long-time member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the Black Coaches Association (BCA). Cyprien and his wife, Monique, have two children--Asia and Karter.