| Terence Brooks is new women's basketball coach
Terence Brooks, formerly the head coach of the Paris High School Ladyhounds basketball team, is the new head coach of the Berea College women’s basketball program. Brooks replaces Bunky Harkleroad, who accepted a head coaching position at Glenville State in West Virginia.
Coach Terence Brooks
“Having the opportunity to coach following Coach Harkleroad's success makes coaching at Berea College attractive,” says Coach Brooks. “Coach Harkleroad brought an exciting style of women's basketball to Berea College and having an opportunity to add my own style is exciting. Also, I’m excited to coach at a college that cares so much about the academic success of all students.”
Brooks led the Ladyhounds to six straight “All A” regional tournament wins, including an appearance in the state championship game in 2008. He compiling a record of 105-71 in his six seasons as head coach at Paris. Prior to his tenure there, Brooks was an assistant coach for the women’s team for a year at Murray State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education.
Brooks also played at Murray State University for two seasons after transferring from Lees Junior College in Jackson. He ranks sixth in career three-point percentage at Murray.
“I am impressed with Coach Brooks, his knowledge of the game and his expectations for his student athletes. He will set a high standard for them on the court and in the classroom,” says Berea’s Athletic Director Mark Cartmill. “Coach Brooks is respected throughout the state and his many contacts will aid our recruiting efforts.”
Brooks inherits a team known for its high-scoring offense. For the last six seasons the Lady Mountaineers have been the nation’s highest-scoring NAIA division II team by averaging more than 95 points per game. The Lady Mountaineers won the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference post-season tournament three of the last four years and gained an automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament from 2006-08.
The Lady Mountaineers return eight players from last year’s 16-13 squad that lost to Alice Lloyd College in the semi-final round of the conference tournament. The coaching staff says the eleven new players joining the team next season comprise the best recruiting class in many years.
“With the addition of the freshmen coming in we will be a smaller team than in the past, but we will be very athletic at all five positions,” says Brooks. “I want our team to play up-tempo on offense and defense. We want our players looking for the three-point shot early in transition, then look to attack the basket. On the defensive end I expect our players to play in-your-face defense when playing man or zone defense.”
Berea begins their 2009 season in the Asbury College Tip-Off Tournament on Nov. 6 in Wilmore. Berea hosts its own tournament, the Berea Pepsi Classic, Nov. 20-21 at the Seabury Arena.