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Brooks adds AD to his St. James résumé

July 22, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

Mike Brooks will be a busy man at Saint James School beginning this fall.

The 30-year-old Brooks, who attended Saint James as a junior and senior, has been named the athletic director at the Washington County private school.

In addition to his new responsibilities, Brooks will continue in his role as head coach of the varsity boys basketball team and also will assist football coach Chris Milmoe this fall.

Brooks, who succeeds Laurie Rousseau as the AD, says the groundwork has been established at the position and he just wants to continue the process.

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"Laurie did a great job while she was here," Brooks said. "I hope to do as well."

Although Brooks will relinquish his position as an assistant dean of students, he obviously will remain very active at the school.

"As a student and as a coach, I've have had a ton of support in my years at Saint James -- especially from people like David Barr and Chick Meehan -- and I'm going to continue to rely on that type of support now," Brooks said. "We offer 15 varsity sports for girls and boys and I will focus my work on all of the programs. I want only the best for Saint James School and its athletic programs."

Brooks looks forward to the challenge.

"I enjoy the interactions with officials, the student-athletes, the parents and the media. It has always been a good relationship," he said.

Brooks was born and raised in Yonkers, N.Y., but has seen a lot of the country.

"My parents were involved in government work and we moved around quite a bit," he said. "We finally settled in Frederick and I went to middle school and the first two years of high school there before switching to Saint James."

He competed in football, basketball and baseball with the Saints and then enjoyed an outstanding career at Cazenovia College in upstate New York.

"When I left college, I was the all-time leader in assists, field-goal percentage, points and rebounds," Brooks said. "I'm among the candidates to enter the school's Athletic Hall of Fame this year."

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