HAVERFORD, Pa. – The Haverford College athletic department has announced the hiring of Erin Brooks, who will become the fourth head softball coach in Haverford's history. Brooks comes to Haverford College after serving as the head coach at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash. Brooks also spent six years as a head coach at John Carroll University, leading the program to back-to-back NCAA Division III appearances during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
"I am pleased to announce that Erin Brooks will be joining Haverford College's athletic department as the head softball coach," said Haverford College Director of Athletics Wendy Smith '87. "Erin's experience and record of success made her an ideal choice for the position. Erin has a deep appreciation for the Division III philosophy and is committed to providing an environment in which her student-athletes can excel in all facets of their collegiate career."
"I am thankful and honored to have been given the opportunity to lead the Haverford softball team," stated Brooks. "Pride is evident within the program, and I look forward to continuing the Fords' commitment to excellence, success, and hard work on and off the field. I accept this position with excitement and eagerness to get started."
Brooks' 2014 season at Pacific Lutheran was highlighted by three separate four-game winning streaks, including eight victories in the final 11 games of the season. Five players earned all-conference accolades following that season, two of which were honored as All-West Region selections.
Prior to Pacific Lutheran, Brooks had a six-year tenure at John Carroll University where she led the Blue Streaks to a 154-87 record, including a 74-32 mark in Ohio Athletic Conference play. Under Brooks, John Carroll made Ohio Athletic Conference softball playoff appearances all six years after qualifying for the OAC playoffs just once prior to her arrival.
Brooks led her team to its first-ever OAC postseason tournament title in 2010, a feat that was repeated in 2012. That same year, the Blue Streaks advanced to NCAA Division III postseason play for the first time, and they repeated that accomplishment in 2013 after placing second in the OAC.
Prior to becoming head coach at John Carroll, Brooks served as the school's assistant softball coach and graduate assistant in 2006-07. She earned her master's degree in business administration from John Carroll University in 2009.
Brooks started her college athletic career at Cabrini College, where as a sophomore she earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association second-team All-America Division III honors in 2001. She transferred to Division I Fordham University where she was a team captain in 2003 and 2004. Named the Fordham Female Athlete of the Year, Brooks earned second-team Verizon Academic All-America recognition in 2004. She earned her bachelor's degree in management of communications and information systems from Fordham in May 2004.
In addition to coaching softball, Brooks has worked for Major League Baseball Advanced Media as a business intelligence engineer and data analyst since 2003.