Coach Profile Duke Womens Dan Brooks


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Duke womens golf head coach Dan Brooks knows what it takes to make it to the pinnacle of a collegiate sport. In 18 years as the coach of the Duke Blue Devils, he has helped guide his squads to two NCAA National Championships, nine ACC Championships and 64 team victories.
In 1998-99, all the hard work paid off as Duke secured the NCAA National Championship, the first title for any Blue Devil womens program in the school history and the fourth overall. Duke withstood the high expectations of being ranked No. 1 in the country during the preseason, fought off the pressure of sporting the top ranking for most of the year and finished by holding the lead from start to finish at the NCAA Championship in Tulsa, Okla. It was one of the greatest seasons for any sport in school history.
Last season, Brooks once again claimed the NCAA National Championship in Auburn, Wash. as his Blue Devils fought off adversity in the fall without senior All-America and reigning NCAA Individual Champion Candy Hannemann. The Blue Devils struggled winning only one of four tournaments, but rebounded in the spring with Hannemann back in the lineup to win all seven tournaments played in. Duke headed to the championship as the hottest team in golf. The Blue Devils hung near in the top four during the entire tournament and ended up making up nine strokes in the final three holes of the final round to capture the title by six strokes at the Washington National Golf Club.
Developing consistency has been a trademark for the Duke program, just as Brooks, a two-time National Coach of the Year, has his own trademark of being an excellent teacher of the game. Looking to defend its 2002 title, the Blue Devils return five letterwinners off last years squad, including the 2002 NCAA Individual Champion junior Virada Nirapathpongporn. All five returners are All-ACC performers and mix in another solid recruiting class, and Brooks has once again put together a team capable of winning the NCAA crown.
Experience has taught coach Brooks the versatility necessary to adapt his knowledge to the special needs of each player. The extent to which he is involved, and the way in which he is involved, is different with each athlete.
These working relationships between coach and player have made Duke as lethal a unit as any in the country. What Brooks and the Blue Devils have accomplished is very impressive: a 2002 National Championship and a final ranking of No. 1, a final ranking of No. 1 in 2001 and a second-place finish in the NCAA Championship; a final ranking of No. 2 in 2000; a national title and No. 1 final ranking in 1999; a fourth-place finish at the 1998 NCAA Championships; a No. 9 final national ranking in 1997; a seventh-place finish at the 1996 NCAA Championships; an 11th-place showing at the 1995 NCAA Championships; a fourth-place finish in the 1994 NCAA Championships; a No. 1 national ranking during the 1992-93 campaign; an NCAA Championships 12th-place finish in 1992; a 13th-place spot in the NCAA field in 1991; a final ranking of No. 17 in 1990; a fifth-place finish at the NCAAs in 1988; a seventh-place NCAA spot in 1987; an NCAA Championships 11th-place finish in 1986; and a final national ranking of No. 16 at the conclusion of the 1984-85 season, Brooks first year at Duke.
Over the last four years, Duke has registered itself as the nations top womens collegiate golf team with two National titles, 38 event titles, four ACC titles, two NCAA individual champions and 16 individual medallist honors.
The womens golf team has won the only two National titles in womens athletics as Duke University, each coming during Brooks era.
Duke has collected nine ACC Championship titles during Brooks term with the Blue Devils, while nine individuals have captured medallist honors at the ACC event under Brooks. He has coached 17 All-ACC selections and 12 Academic All-America choices. Brooks has also groomed 14 All-America players, including Sarah LeBrun, Evelyn Orley, Stephanie Sparks, Kathi Poppmeier, Jenny Chuasiriporn, Beth Bauer and Candy Hannemann. All together in Brooks 18 years, Duke has collected an incredible 64 tournament titles.
His efforts with the nationally known Duke squad havent gone unnoticed as Brooks was inducted in to the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) Hall of Fame in 2001. In addition to being tabbed ACC Coach of the Year in 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001, Brooks has also picked up District Coach of the Year accolades three times and was the NGCA National Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2001.
The 44-year-old Brooks received his B.S. degree in History from Oregon State in 1981. He was among OSUs top golfers during his collegiate career.
In addition to his own responsibilities with the womens golf program, he teaches his many students at the Duke Golf Club as a PGA Teaching Professional. He also directs a summer youth instructional program called the Duke Academy of Golf.
He and his wife, Wendy, reside in Durham. She is a 1999 graduate of the Duke Law School and practices law in Durham.
Duke Coaching Honors

National Coach of the Year
Dan Brooks -- 1999
Dan Brooks -- 2001
District Coach of the Year
Ron Schmid -- 1984
Dan Brooks -- 1988
Dan Brooks -- 1998
Dan Brooks -- 1999
ACC Coach of the Year
Dan Brooks -- 1993
Dan Brooks -- 1996
Dan Brooks -- 1997
Dan Brooks -- 1998
Dan Brooks -- 1999
Dan Brooks -- 2000
Dan Brooks -- 2001
Duke Coaching History
Jane Lloyd -- 1974-79
Ron Schmid -- 1980-84
Dan Brooks -- 1985-present