Brooks Returns to Alma Mater as New Bowling Coach
William Penn University Athletics Director Nik Rule is proud to announce that Brandon Brooks has been hired as Men’s and Women’s Bowling Coach.
Brooks comes back his alma mater (2012 graduate of WPU) after spending three years as the boys’ and girls’ bowling coach at Ottumwa High School. He guided the boys’ team to a state runner-up finish in 2018 and was named the IBCA District Coach of the Year. Brooks also earned CIML Conference Coach of the Year laurels in 2017.
“We have one of the best bowling programs, not only in the NAIA, but in the country at all levels, so it was important for us to find a coach who had a vision and strengths that would allow for continued progress,” Rule said. “Coach Brooks made it clear that he has always wanted to coach at the collegiate level, which is the premier level for the team sport of bowling, and with that career goal in mind, you could tell he had put deep thought in what he would do if he ever had that opportunity.”
The owner of a USBC Bronze Level certification with more than a decade of experience in the pro shop industry, Brooks began his collegiate bowling career at Vincennes CC (Ind.), helping the program to NJCAA national titles in 2008 and 2009.
He then transferred to William Penn where he was part of the first team in school history in 2009-2010. Brooks was a member of the varsity crew that year and in 2011-2012, posting a 193.3 pin average those two campaigns.
“Coach Brooks has experience coaching, working with equipment, and most importantly has a big-picture perspective on developing student-athletes not only on the lanes, but more importantly using bowling as a tool to develop them for success off the lanes,” Rule said. “We are proud to have him on our William Penn team as he is a believer in being a part of the team and bringing forth the power of positive leadership.”
Brooks graduated from WPU with a degree in Education with an Endorsement in Industrial Technology. He also earned a Master’s in Industrial Technology from Northern Iowa in 2016.
“I am really excited to be back at William Penn University,” Brooks said. “It is amazing to see how far this program has come from my three years here to where it is now. I am blessed and honored to be able to come back to the university and lead this great group of young men and women. They, along with the staff and administration at William Penn and Mahaska Bowl, have made me feel very accepted and welcomed in my first week. I look forward to what we can do for the remainder of this season and in the future.”
Brooks currently teaches at Ottumwa HS as an Applied Technology instructor and started his teaching career in the same position at Burlington High School.
Brooks resides in Sigourney with his wife Alisha and their two daughters, Aubree and Aliee.
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