Steve Brooks Named USC Women's Basketball Assistant Coach

July 9, 2002

Los Angeles, Calif. -- Steve Brooks, a former prep basketball coach with more than 20 years of coaching experience, was named an assistant coach for the USC women's basketball team, Women of Troy head coach Chris Gobrecht announced today.

He will be in charge of overseeing the individual development of the USC players, as well as on-campus recruiting, conditioning and scouting.

Brooks replaces Colleen Matsuhara, who became head women's coach at West Los Angeles Community College.

'We wanted someone who would be dedicated to the improvement of our players the way our coaches have always been and Steve fits that description perfectly,' said Gobrecht. 'Our players will benefit from his experience in the game. I am very excited that he has joined the staff.'

Brooks took his first coaching position as assistant boys' varsity basketball coach and head junior varsity coach at Huntington Beach (Calif.) High for three years (1977-79). The varsity team advanced to the Sunset League playoffs each season and the 1978 squad finished the year as league co-champions.

In 1980, Brooks was the head boys' and girls' basketball coach and athletic director at Leggett Valley (Calif.) High. He led the boys' team to a 22-6 record, the Northwest (West) Conference championship and the CIF Northcoast Section Final Four that season and was honored as league coach of the year. The girls' team advanced to the CIF Northcoast Division III playoffs and finished second with a 20-7 overall record.

Brooks then began a successful 19-year (1981-1999) coaching stint at Los Alamitos (Calif.) High as boys' junior varsity head coach in 1981 and varsity head coach in 1982-99. He led the Griffins to 10 Empire and Sunset League championships and six second-place finishes. His teams finished among the top-10 in Orange County in 16 consecutive seasons (1984-99). An 11-time league coach of the year, Brooks' teams made six CIF Southern Section Division I Elite Eight appearances and twice advanced to the Final Four.

He continued teaching at Los Alamitos during the 2000 season but did not coach. Brooks spent the season working as a freelance sportswriter for Sportsticker and UPI, covering the Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Clippers, Anaheim Angels and UCLA men's basketball.

In 2001 and 2002, Brooks was head coach of the boys' varsity basketball team at Valley Center (Calif.) High. He led the team to a 28-32 record in his two years and a No. 2 CIF San Diego Section Division III ranking in 2001. The team was rated among the top-10 in San Diego County both seasons and advanced to the San Diego Section CIF Finals in 2001 and the CIF Semifinals in 2002.

In addition to his high school coaching experience, Brooks was appointed to the CIF basketball advisory committee in 1993, served as an Adidas Big Time Tournament coach (1996-2002), Nike Tournament coach (1985-95) and Sportsworld Superstar camp coach (1983-90). He has also directed his own camps for the past 19 years.

Brooks, 48, earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Long Beach State in 1977 after earning his associate's degree from Golden West College in 1974. He has done graduate work at Long Beach State, UC Irvine and Coastline College.

A former high school mathematics instructor, Brooks and his wife, Kathleen, have four children, Lindsey (22), Robert (18), Madeline (9) and Thomas (8). He was born on April 6, 1954, in Sioux City, Iowa.

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