Bart Brooks begins his ninth season with the Blue Demons in 2014-15. Brooks originally joined the DePaul staff as Director of Basketball Operations prior to the 2006-07 season and was promoted to his current role as an assistant coach in May of 2007.
Brooks is involved in all aspects of the Blue Demon basketball program while he specifically aids in the development of DePaul's post players.
The Blue Demons brought nationwide acclaim to the sport of women's basketball in 2014 with a 104-100 triumph over Oklahoma in the 2014 NCAA tournament opener. It was the highest scoring regulation game in the history of the NCAA women's tournament.
DePaul (29-7) tied the school record for most wins in a season and set program records for games played (36), points (3,006), three-point baskets (314) and assists (705). The Blue Demons advanced to their third NCAA Sweet 16 after claiming their first BIG EAST regular-season and tournament titles.
Overall team success lays the groundwork for individual accolades, and Brittany Hrynko was recognized as an Associated Press honorable mention All-America and Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) honorable mention All-America. Jasmine Penny was also a WBCA honorable mention All-America. Hrykno became the first DePaul player to earn back-to-back All-BIG EAST First Team honors.
During his eight seasons as an assistant coach, Brooks helped the Blue Demons to eight NCAA Tournaments, including the Sweet 16 in 2011 and 2014. As the director of basketball operations in 2006-07, the Blue Demons also advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
During Brooks tenure, DePaul has combined for an 164-72 (.695) record. Brooks has tutored 18 all-BIG EAST performers as an assistant coach and 20 have earned the recognition since he joined the program staff. In seven of his eight seasons as an assistant the Blue Demons have eclipsed the 20-win mark while the 2007-08 team registered 19 wins.
In his first year on the Blue Demon bench, Brooks began to mentor then-junior transfer forward Natasha Williams. Williams (2007-09) finished her senior season as a second-team All-BIG EAST performer and she recorded a league-best and DePaul single-season record .620 field goal percentage. With 88 blocks in two seasons, Williams ranks seventh all-time in DePaul's annuals.
Brooks also worked with Felicia Chester, who was the No. 14 overall pick in the WNBA Draft in 2011. Chester, an honorable mention All-BIG EAST selection as a senior, finished her career with 1,129 points and 751 rebounds. The 6-3 forward appeared in a school-record 135 games, while she tallied 129 blocks and 181 steals while wearing the Blue Demon uniform.
Prior to his move to Chicago, Brooks was an assistant coach at Barry University for two seasons under former DePaul associate head coach Nicci Hays-Fort. During his tenure at Barry, Brooks worked with 2005 Sunshine State Conference all-conference players, Princess Bailey and Karla Mast. While coaching at Barry, Brooks earned his M.S. in sport management and taught two semesters of basketball for the College of Human Performance and Leisure Sciences.
Brooks graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2004 with a B.S. in kinesiology and health. As an undergraduate student, he served as a student intern with the women's basketball program assisting with practice, films and scouting.
He started his collegiate career at Dickinson State University in North Dakota. Brooks played two seasons for the Blue Hawks and helped his squad capture a pair of Dakota Athletic Conference titles and NAIA Sweet Sixteen appearances in 1999. His 2000 team advanced one step further with an Elite Eight showing.
Brooks also served as an assistant camp director for the North Dakota State men's basketball team in the summer of 2004 and coached local youth teams in the Buffalo, Wyo., area from 2001-03.
Brooks is married to former Blue Demon Charlene Smith (2002-05). The pair, who married were in 2013, reside in Chicago.