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Steve Brooks has spent 16 seasons as the head women’s basketball coach at Indiana Wesleyan University. Brooks has 27 years of coaching experience overall.
Brooks has led the Wildcats to two NAIA Division II National Championships, coming in 2007 and 2013. The 2007 squad was the first ever NAIA women’s basketball program to finish undefeated with a 38-0 mark. In 2013, Indiana Wesleyan went 35-3 and went on a 22-1 run in the second half of the national championship game to defeat Davenport (Mich.).
For the team’s accomplishments, Brooks has been honored as the MCC, NAIA, and WBCA Coach of the Year in 2007 and was the Phyllis Holmes’ NAIA Coach of the Year in 2013.
Brooks has led the Wildcats to 12 straight appearances at the NAIA Division II National Championship Tournament and has accumulated a 24-10 record. IWU has advanced to the Sweet 16 on five occasions, the Elite Eight three times, the Final Four in 2010, and two national championship victories.
Overall, Brooks has a record of 414-118 (.778) in15 seasons at the helm of Indiana Wesleyan. He currently has the Wildcats on a streak of 13 straight seasons of at least 20 wins, including four seasons of 30+ victories in 2005, 2007, 2012, and 2013.
Brooks graduated from Taylor (Ind.) University in 1980 with a B.A. in Bible/Christian Education. He was a three-starter and four year letterman while at Taylor.
When Brooks playing days were over he started his coaching career at Liberty Benton High School in Findlay, Ohio. After three years at Liberty Benton, Brooks returned to Taylor where he served as the assistant men’s basketball coach under head coach Paul Patterson. The 1983-84 Taylor team won the District 21 championship and made the first of many trips to the NAIA National Tournament.
After three seasons of coaching at Taylor, Brooks landed his first head college coaching job at Houghton College in Houghton, New York. While at Houghton, Brooks finished his second master’s degree in Physical Education from Ball State (Ind.) University. Brooks’ 1991 team finished with a best ever record of 18-9 and earned its first national ranking in the NAIA poll.
From Houghton, Brooks moved back to Taylor where he served as the men’s assistant and moved into athletic administration. During his second stint at Taylor, the program participated in three NAIA National Tournaments and received its first ever No.1 ranking in the NAIA national polls.
Brooks and his teams are committed to striving for excellence, committed to the process and committed to honoring Christ with the gifts and abilities they have been given.
Coach Brooks and his wife Terri have four children: Josh, Stephanie, Ashley, Micah.