Fletcher Brooks Named Head Coach of Women's Cross Country and Track and Field

Fletcher Brooks Named Head Coach of Women's Cross Country and Track and Field

Aug. 1, 2005

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Concluding a national search, DAPER Department Head/Director of Athletics, Candace Royer, has named Fletcher Brooks head coach of the women's cross country and track and field teams at MIT. Brooks makes the move to Cambridge after serving as the associate head coach at perennial national power, Williams College.

Brooks brings considerable enthusiasm and experience to his new position. Following graduation from Allegheny College where he was Captain and an All-America in track and field, and a short stint at Dartmouth College assisting the strength and conditioning coach, Brooks earned his Master's degree in Physical Education, in Advanced-Level Coaching. For the past seven years, Brooks has been at Williams College, working in both the areas of track and field and strength and conditioning. In 2001, Brooks was appointed associate head track and field coach for the women and men's teams and assumed duties for scheduling and managing meets, lining up officials and ordering team equipment.

Over the last five years, Brooks' responsibilities have expanded from the throws to include all the field events as well as the combined events. He has established an enviable record of success with his athletes. During Brooks' time at Williams, women's track and field won seven consecutive New England Championships, and he has personally coached athletes to 46 All-America honors, including three women's national champions and one men's national champion.

"I have personally gained so much from good coaching and have tried these past nine years to bring 100% of myself to coaching others. What a wonderful opportunity it is to be able to do this at MIT, one of the world's great universities and with such intelligent athletes and some of the finest facilities anywhere. It excites me to think of the possibilities for the women's cross country and track and field programs".

Brooks is a certified Level II coach in the throws, jumps, sprints, hurdles and combined events and is currently progressing toward Level III certification. He is also certified as a strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.