John Brooks Staff Bio | Head Swimming Coach

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John Brooks

Years at BYU


John Brooks joined the BYU coaching staff during the 2008-09 season as an assistant coach over the distance group and recruiting coordinator after spending the last 12 years coaching at a variety of different organizations. In his first year with the distance group, Brooks coached John Kendrick to school records in the 1000 free and the 1650 free and Natasha Menezes to school records in the 200 free, 500 free and 1000 free.

A talented young coach and strong recruiter, Brooks' expertise as a coach has landed him coveted invitations to work with world-class athletes at Georgia and Alabama. Brooks also spent a summer helping with the Stanford swim camps. A 2003 economics graduate and swimming letterwinner at the University of Utah, Brooks served as a volunteer coach at his alma mater in 2005-06, where he coached the sprint and stroke groups. With Brooks on the staff, the Ute women's squad won the Mountain West Conference regular season and championship meet trophies, while the men's team placed 23rd at the NCAA Championships.

For the two seasons, Brooks served as an assistant coach for UNLVs mens and womens programs, leading the men to two MWC titles and sending seven swimmers to the NCAA Championships and three to the Olympics also recruiting the top class in school history. Before coaching at Utah and UNLV, he served a successful stint as the head coach of the boys and girls teams at East High School (Salt Lake City) from 2001-2004. There he was named the Utah State Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2004 and guided East High to state titles in 2003 and 2004 after a second-place finish in 2002. At East High School he also coached Sarah Bugden who placed in Olympic trials. Brooks also coached a total of 10 All-Americans, four State Swimmers of the Year and nine Division I scholarship recipients.

Brooks served an LDS mission to Brussels, Belgium, and is married to Katie Jane Brooks (Anderton), a BYU graduate. They have one son, Benjamin Brooks born on Aug 24th, 2010.