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Michael Brooks Named Bradley Women's Basketball Coach
Release: Wednesday 07/06/2012 
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.
"The fact that Michael Brooks has been involved in the first two postseason appearances in Bradley women's basketball history is no accident," said Cross.  "He has strong knowledge of the game, is an excellent judge of talent, is a strong communicator and has the respect of his student-athletes.  He is a caring individual who is committed to upholding the mission and values of the Department of Athletics.  I'm looking forward to working with him to build upon our recent success to even greater heights."
Brooks was an assistant coach at Bradley this past season, helping the Braves to an 18-16 overall record, the fifth-best single-season win total in program history, and the program's first-ever postseason home victory en route to the second round of the Women's Basketball Invitational.  He was the team's Director of Operations in 2009-10 when the Braves posted a 17-14 overall record, finished third in the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season standings with a 12-6 league record and earned the program's first-ever postseason appearance.  Bradley advanced to the second round of the inaugural Women's Basketball Invitational by defeating 2009 NCAA Tournament runner-up Louisville in the Cardinals' final game at Freedom Hall.
"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," said Brooks.  "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 has passion, energy and leadership style to take our women's basketball team to the next level," said Bradley University President Joanne Glasser.  "I am looking forward to cheering on the great successes - on the court, in the classroom and throughout the community -- of Coach Brooks' teams for many years."
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.
Brooks is a 2004 graduate of Western State College in Gunnison, Colo., where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and theatre.  He was a two-year member of both the football and track teams at Western State after transferring from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.  Brooks earned his master's degree in education from Central Methodist in 2009.
A four-year football letterwinner, 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.  The boys' basketball team was the 2008 Missouri Class 1 state tournament runner-up.
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.

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