Alan M. Major (born June 21, 1968) is an American basketball coach who is the head coach of Patriots BBC of the Basketball Africa League (BAL). He was the head coach at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte from 2010 to 2015. Before being named coach of the Charlotte 49ers, Major spent nine years working with Thad Matta at Ohio State and Xavier universities. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, he is a 1992 graduate of Purdue. Major took an indefinite medical leave of absence due to multiple health issues in January 2015, and was replaced on an interim basis by his associate head coach, Ryan Odom. As of mid-2016, Major has a clean bill of health. He returned to the sidelines in 2016 as Director of Player Development back at Ohio State from 2016-2017. During his time away from coaching, Major traveled the U.S. to visit dozens of successful College and NBA teams. He also assisted several overseas tour teams to China, Israel and the Philippines.

Alan Major
Alan Major in 2009.jpg
Major in 2009 with Ohio State.
Personal information
Born (1968-06-21) June 21, 1968 (age 53)
Indianapolis, Indiana
PositionHead coach
Coaching career1992–present
Career history
As coach:
1992–1995Cal Lutheran (assistant)
1995–1998Pacific (assistant)
1998–1999Southern Illinois (assistant)
1999–2000Pacific (assistant)
2001–2004Xavier (assistant)
2004–2010Ohio State (assistant)
2021Nigeria (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
As assistant coach:
Biographical details
Alma materPurdue ('92)
Head coaching record
Tournaments0–1 (NIT)

Major served as a student manager under Gene Keady during his undergraduate tenure at Purdue.[1] After graduating in 1992, Major became an assistant coach at Cal Lutheran, a Div. III school, and then spent three years working under all-time Big West Conference wins leader Bob Thomason at University of the Pacific. He spent one season, 1998–1999, on the staff of fellow Purdue alumnus Bruce Weber before returning to Pacific. In 2001, he became an assistant coach at Xavier under Thad Matta. He followed Matta to Ohio State in 2004 where he worked as an assistant coach for six seasons. On April 12, 2010, he was named the head coach of Charlotte.

Major coached two No. 1 overall picks in the NBA draft during his time as an assistant. At Pacific, Major worked with Michael Olowokandi who was the top pick in the 1998 draft. At Ohio State, Major was the big men coach when Greg Oden came to the school. Oden was the number one pick in the 2007 NBA Draft.

Following the conclusion of the 2014–15 season it was announced that Major would step down as head coach in order to fully recover and re-energize himself. His record as 49ers head coach was 67 wins to 70 losses with the program attaining an overall record during his tenure of 75 to 81. Significant milestones included winning the 2012 Great Alaska Shootout and 2013 Puerto Rico Tip-off tournaments and victories over #7 ranked Tenessesse, #10 ranked Butler, and previous National Championship runners-up, #14 ranked Michigan.[2]

In April 2021, Major signed as head coach of the Rwandan club Patriots BBC to coach the team in the first-ever Basketball Africa League (BAL) season.[3] He was also an assistant coach on the Nigeria national basketball team during AfroBasket 2021.

Head coaching recordEdit

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Charlotte (Atlantic 10 Conference) (2010–2013)
2010–11 Charlotte 10–20 2–14 13th
2011–12 Charlotte 13–17 5–11 11th
2012–13 Charlotte 21–12 8–8 T-8th NIT First Round
Charlotte (Conference USA) (2013–2015)
2013–14 Charlotte 17–14 7–9 T-5th
2014–15* Charlotte* 6–7* 0–1* 11th*
Charlotte: 67–70 22–43
Total: 67–70

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

*Alan Major took an indefinite leave of absence due to medical reasons on January 6, 2015. Charlotte's record at the time was 6–7 (0–1 C-USA).


  1. ^ Player Bio: Alan Major :: Men's Basketball Archived 2012-04-07 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ [1] C49ers and Alan Major Mutually Agree to Part Ways
  3. ^ "Basketball: Patriots sign new American coach Alan Major". The New Times Rwanda. 24 April 2021. Retrieved 28 April 2021.