Mar 2023

March Madness is Sweet for Charter Oak Alumnus Jerome Tang

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Jerome Tang, Kansas State Head Men’s Basketball Coach

It’s March Madness for Charter Oak State College graduate Jerome Tang, who is taking his Kansas State Wildcats to the NCAA’s Sweet Sixteen in his first year as head men’s basketball coach.
Under Tang’s confident leadership, the three-seeded Kansas State Wildcats will play the seven-seeded Michigan State Spartans in the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA Tournament on March 23 at Madison Square Garden — the program’s first deep tournament run since 2018. Tang will also become the first Kansas State head coach to advance to the Sweet 16 in his first season. On March 19 K-State topped the University of Kentucky 75-69 in the NCAA Tournament’s round of 32.
“For a kid from Trinidad to have an opportunity like this, to be part of this March Madness, is really, really special. I’m just extremely thankful and blessed to be here,” said Tang, who graduated from Charter Oak State College in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in general/individualized studies.
Tang is the first full-time Black men’s head basketball coach in Kansas State history. He is the Phillips 66 Big 12 Coach of the Year and is a finalist for the 2023 Werner Ladder Naismith Men's Basketball Coach of the Year.
He has an interesting background. Tang, 56, was born in Trinidad and Tobago and migrated with his parents Paul and Bano Tang to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. He lived there until he was 10 years old, and then moved with his family to Texas. Tang attended North Central Bible College in Minneapolis, before earning a bachelor’s degree from Charter Oak. He and his wife, Careylyen (Rey) have a son, Seven, a daughter, Aylyn, and adopted sons Lamar and Richard Hurd.
Tang was head coach at Heritage Christian Academy in Cleveland, Texas, between 1993 to 2003, turning the team into a strong contender, before starting his tenure at Baylor University in 2003. He was hired as an assistant coach at Baylor under first-year coach Scott Drew, was promoted to associate head coach, and in 2021 helped lead Baylor to a national championship. On March 21, 2022, he was selected as the 25th head men’s basketball coach at Kansas State, taking over for Bruce Weber.
“Coach Tang is an innovator and a leader who has made CSCU proud all year,” CSCU President Terrence Cheng said. “I am not surprised to see his team’s on-court success, and I join the CSCU community in wishing the coach nothing but the best in the Sweet Sixteen.”