PEORIA, Ill. -- The newest head coach in Bradley women's basketball history already has helped the program make history. Michael Brooks, a member of the Braves' staff for the program's first two postseason tournament appearances, has been named Bradley's eighth women's basketball head coach, according to an announcement Friday afternoon by Director of Athletics Dr. Michael Cross.
Brooks was an assistant coach at Bradley this past season. He was the team's Director of Operations in 2009-10.
"It is an honor to be chosen by President (Joanne) Glasser and Dr. Cross to lead this well-rounded group of student-athletes at such a pivotal time in the history of the program. The University has provided the program with every tool to be successful in the Renaissance Coliseum and in the ongoing improvements to the campus. My goal is to provide these young women with the tools necessary to become successful on the court and in their lives after basketball." – Michael Brooks -
In between his two years on the Bradley staff, Brooks was the women's basketball co-head coach at Central Methodist University during the 2010-11 season, managing all aspects of the varsity and junior varsity squads while specializing in defensive strategy and post play. He also served as an assistant coach for the Eagles during the 2008-09 and 2006-07 seasons.
A four-year football letter winner, Brooks began his coaching career on the gridiron in 2005 as an assistant coach at Quincy University. He first arrived at Central Methodist as a football assistant in 2006, coaching running backs and special teams, while also serving as the strength and conditioning coordinator, before transitioning into the women's basketball staff.
During his first year on the Central Methodist women's basketball staff, Brooks also coached the boys' and girls' track teams at Glasgow (Mo.) High School. During the 2007-08 season Brooks stepped away from collegiate basketball to work as an assistant coach for both the boys' and girls' basketball teams at Glasgow, while continuing to serve as the track and field head coach.
A native of Omaha, Neb., Brooks is married to the former Andi Sutherland, who was an assistant coach with the Braves during the 2004-05 season and served as the Director of Basketball Operations in 2003-04. The couple has a four-year old daughter: Britain.
Brooks replaces Paula Buscher, who resigned last month to become the head coach at SIU Edwardsville, and he begins his duties immediately.Source