B.S. Carson-Newman, 1985, M.S. Tennessee 1989
Entering his fourth season as ETSU Head Women’s Tennis Coach, Steve Brooks looks to continue his team’s standing both in the Southern Conference and in the NCAA Southeast region.
During the 2004 season, Brooks led the team to a 17-13 overall finish and 6-4 Southern Conference finish tied for fourth after being slated to finish seventh in the preseason poll. His teams wins during the season included a first ever win over SoCon opponent College of Charleston in a close 4-3 match at home, a thrilling 4-1 victory over No. 65 Virginia Tech on the road, and a 5-2 victory over No. 72 Memphis.
In 2003 fall tournament play, Brooks’s players won three individual singles tournaments and were either runner-up or consolation winners three times. His doubles teams won three tournaments.
In July of 2001 Brooks took over the head coaching duties. His fall 2001 team consisted of two scholarship and one walk-on players. In the spring the team grew to three scholarship and three walk-on players. His 2001-2002 season ended with a 1–21 record. With a solid recruiting class the 2002-2003 campaign showed great improvement. Brooks’s squad went 12-17. Seven of those losses came to NCAA Nationally Ranked opponents and seven were narrowly lost by the score of 4-3.
Brooks comes to ETSU after serving as the men’s tennis head coach at The Citadel where he led the 2000-2001 Bulldogs to a 10-13 record. He brought more than 10 years coaching experience to the position at ETSU, including stints at nationally ranked University of Tennessee (1987-1990), University of Arkansas (1986), and Carson-Newman, his alma mater, in 1985.
Brooks has also coached on the WTA tour and USTA National junior circuit. He coached four WTA players ranked in the top 120; one of them was No. 30. During the five years previous to coaching at The Citadel, his junior players won four USTA National singles championships along with more than 10 sectional and 30 state titles.
Brooks followed his father, brother, and two sisters by competing collegiately at Carson-Newman College. Brooks is the winningest player in Carson-Newman men’s tennis history. Brooks was named to the CN Men’s Tennis Team of the Century. He was inducted along with his brother Chip (1999 USPTA National Pro of the Year). He was undefeated in both singles and doubles in conference season play all four years of college. Brooks was ranked as high as eighth nationally in college.
A native of Jefferson City, Tenn., Brooks earned a bachelor of science in business from Carson-Newman. He then earned a master’s degree in administration/recreation from the University of Tennessee. He has taught and lived all over the country and enjoys calling East Tennessee his home.