AMES, Iowa - Iowa State head coach Martin Smith announced the hiring of Fletcher Brooks as the latest addition to the Iowa State track and field coaching staff. Brooks will serve as the associate head coach in the program.
Brooks previously coached under Smith at Oklahoma during the 2013 indoor and outdoor track and field seasons.
“Fletcher and I worked together for a year at Oklahoma and immediately formed a very strong connection,” Smith said. “We share common values in our philosophies and our coaching. We have many parallels between our styles”
Prior to Oklahoma, Brooks served four years as the head men’s and women’s track & field coach at Williams College in Massachusetts. While at the helm, Brooks collected numerous coaching honors, earning back-to-back NESCAC Men’s and Women’s Track Coach of the Year honors (2009, 2010), the 2010 USTFCCA New England Region Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track Coach of the Year and the same recognition in 2012 as the Women’s Outdoor Track Coach of the Year.
“We want to bring in student-athletes that are passionate about the program, work hard and want to succeed at the next level,” Brooks said. “That mentality catches on very quickly. Coaching is my life and I’m very passionate about it. If kids can bring a similar attitude as athletes, then we’re going to go a long way.”
Through his career, Brooks has coached 79 All-Americans and 14 NCAA Champions, including star-pupil Tanasia Hoffler. Hoffler was a repeat NCAA Division III champion in the triple jump at Williams.
Before Williams, Brooks served as the head coach at MIT, leading the Engineers to the top of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). During his tenure, the Engineers captured the NEWMAC title in 2007, finished third in the 2008 indoor season and second in the 2007 outdoor season, both of which are top finishes in program history. Brooks also coached the Engineers' 2006 men's indoor and outdoor NCAA champion in the shot put.
Before assuming the role of head coach at MIT, Brooks spent seven years at Williams (1998-2005) as the Ephs' strength and conditioning coach, developing productive strength and conditioning programs.
Brooks graduated from Allegheny College in 1993 where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English and minored in women’s studies. Brooks was also an All-American in the shot put and lettered on the football team, which won the Division III National Championship in 1990.
“He’s extremely talented,” Smith said. “We need someone who is able to connect with kids and challenge them to always be pushing themselves. Fletcher gives us that and that was a big factor in me bringing him to Iowa State.”
Brooks earned a master's degree in physical education and advanced level coaching from Springfield College in 1998.