May 1, 2012
LOS ANGELES - UCLA women's water polo head coach Brandon Brooks has captured MPSF Coach of the Year honors for the first time in his career, as announced by the conference office Tuesday.
Brooks has guided the Bruins to a 21-3 overall record, its second MPSF Tournament championship in the last three seasons and an automatic berth in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.
A former standout as a goalkeeper for the UCLA men's water polo team (1999-2002), Brooks becomes the first UCLA coach to win the award since 2008, when Adam Krikorian earned MPSF Coach of the Year acclaim before leading that season's team to a fourth consecutive NCAA title.
UCLA entered the MPSF Tournament as the No. 2 seed last weekend and captured the conference's tournament crown with an 8-7 overtime victory at No. 1-seed Stanford late Sunday afternoon. KK Clark's shot with 46 seconds left in the first of two three-minute overtime sessions snapped a 7-7 tie.
Brooks has led UCLA to the NCAA Tournament in each of his three seasons as the women's water polo program's head coach. The Bruins last won the NCAA title in 2009 and have not returned to the NCAA championship match since defeating USC, 5-4, in the 2009 title contest.
The Bruins enter the upcoming NCAA Tournament as the No. 2 seed and will face No. 7-seed Iona on Friday, May 11. All NCAA Tournament games will be played at San Diego State from May 11-13. UCLA's first-round match against Iona will begin at 12 p.m.