Iconic former Buffalo Bills coach addresses McGrath-Phillips Arena crowd on Thursday night.
One of the top recruits in the state and Midwest enhances nationally ranked program
After collecting over 200 toys the DePaul women's basketball and spirit teams delivered them to St. Vincent de Paul
The Blue Demons adopt a Rogers Park Family
Brooks is involved in all aspects of the Blue Demon basketball program while he specifically aids in the development of DePaul's post players.
During Brooks tenure, DePaul has combined for a 212-92 (.697) record, advanced to 10 straight NCAA Tournaments while the Blue Demons have advanced to the Sweet 16 twice since Brook’s arrival in Lincoln Park.
As an assistant coach Brooks has helped to tutor 27 all-BIG EAST performers and a total of 29 players have earned that recognition since he joined the program staff. In all eight seasons as an assistant coach, DePaul has reached the 20-win mark. In 2010-11 and 2013-14 the team registered a program-high 29 victories.
Making academics a priority, the Blue Demons have become a mainstay in the WBCA Team Academic Poll. The Blue Demons broke into the top 10 in the poll in 2011 and have ranked as high as No. 2 in 2012-13 when Blue Demons set a program record by recording the second-highest team GPA in the country. Last season DePaul ranked third in the WBCA Poll, while the program moved it streak to eight consecutive seasons with the highest GPA in the BIG EAST.
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.
Last season, Brooks played a big role in DePaul repeating as both the BIG EAST regular season and tournament champions. She helped mentor BIG EAST Player of the Year and 19th overall selection in the WNBA Draft Brittany Hrynko. Megan Podkowa was also named the BIG EAST Tournament MVP while six other players were named to a BIG EAST all-conference roster or to the league’s all-tournament team.
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.
Also during the 2013-14 season, DePaul (29-7) tied the school record for most wins and games played (36). It set new program standards for 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.
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 are parents to Trey Allen and the family resides in Chicago.
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