Brandon Brooks begins his sixth season as UCLA's head women's water polo coach in 2014-15. He was named the third head coach in program history on June 3, 2009, and has compiled a 126-31 (.802) record in his first five seasons.
Brooks has coached UCLA to two MPSF Tournament titles in five seasons (2010, 2012). In addition, the Bruins have advanced to the MPSF Tournament championship match four times during his tenure. Last season marked the fifth consecutive season the Bruins recorded a podium finish at the conference tournament.
In 2014, the Bruins advanced to the finals of the NCAA Championship before falling in the championship match. UCLA beat UC San Diego in the quarterfinals and USC in the semifinals to play for their first national championship in Brooks' tenure. UCLA's runner-up finish marked their fourth consecutive podium finish at the NCAA Championship, and also continued their consecutive appearances at the NCAA Tournament to 11.
Fourth-year junior Sami Hill emerged as one of the premier goalkeepers in the country, capturing First-Team ACWPC All-America honors, and winning MPSF Player of the Year honors. She led a contingent of UCLA players, five of whom earned All-America acclaim and another five who were named to various All-MPSF Teams.
In 2013, the Bruins finished in third place in the NCAA Tournamnt for the third straight season. Last year, UCLA defeated Hawai'i in the third-place match after beating Princeton in the opening round. In the MPSF Tournament last season, the Bruins won two of three matches to record their fourth consecutive podium finish.
Individually for the Bruins in 2013, five players earned All-America honors, including first-team selection Rachel Fattal, a freshman. Fattal was also named the 2013 MPSF Freshman of the Year, and three additional UCLA players received All-MPSF acclaim..
In 2012, UCLA finished in third place in the NCAA Tournament, defeating UC Irvine in the third-place match after having downed USC in that contest in 2011.
Three years ago, Brooks guided the Bruins to a 23-4 record, including a 5-2 mark in MPSF action. UCLA logged consecutive wins over San Diego State, USC and previously-undefeated Stanford to win its second MPSF Tournament title in three years.
In 2011, Brooks guided UCLA to a 26-7 overall record, including a 4-3 mark in conference play. He helped propel the Bruins to the championship match of the MPSF Tournament after UCLA won its final four regular-season matches (including three MPSF contests). UCLA defeated USC, 12-10, in the first round of the MPSF Tournament. The next day, the Bruins handed top-ranked Stanford its first loss of the season, advancing to the tournament's championship match. Despite losing a 7-6 decision in the title game to California, UCLA had firmly secured an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament.
UCLA used a balanced attack in 2011, with Priscilla Orozco (58 goals), KK Clark (50 goals) and Grace Reynolds (35 goals) leading the way. Goalkeepers Caitlin Dement and Sami Hill split time in the cage, with Dement securing second-team All-MPSF honors at the conclusion of the season.
In 2010, Brooks helped UCLA post a 22-8 overall record, including a 4-3 MPSF mark. Three players earned All-MPSF Team honors, highlighted by first-team selection Priscilla Orozco. Five players captured ACWPC All-Academic acclaim and five secured MPSF All-Academic honors.
Along the way, Brooks helped with the development of Dement, who set a single-season UCLA saves record of 264, which was broken in 2013 by Hill. Dement registered a program-record 22 saves in an 8-3 win over UC Davis on Feb. 21, 2010. At seasons' end, she earned second-team All-MPSF honors.
Brooks served as an assistant coach with the UCLA men's and women's water polo teams for three seasons prior to his appointment as the head coach of the women's program (men's assistant in 2006, 2007 and 2008; women's assistant in 2007, 2008 and 2009). He also served as an undergraduate assistant coach with the men's program in 2004. Brooks helped lead the women's program to NCAA championships each spring and guided the men's program to the 2004 NCAA title.
In his three seasons as an assistant coach with the women's program, Brooks' work with goalkeepers Emily Feher (2007) and Brittany Fullen (2008, 2009) proved instrumental to UCLA's national championship finishes. Fullen made 237 saves in 2008, a single season school record at the time. The previous season, Feher recorded a 4.96 goals against average in 25 games before securing First-Team ACWPC All-America honors for the third consecutive season.
An undergraduate assistant on the men's water polo coaching staff in 2004, Brooks helped Joe Axelrad develop into the one of the nation's premier goalkeepers, leading UCLA to the NCAA Championship that fall.
Brooks starred on the men's water polo team from 1999-2002, leading the Bruins to back-to-back NCAA championships in 1999 and 2000, before excelling in the international water polo ranks and participating in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games for the USA Men's National Team.
In the summer of 2008, Brooks and former teammate Adam Wright (UCLA's current men's water polo head coach) helped lead the USA Men's National Team to a silver medal at the Olympic Games in Beijing. Brooks, Wright and former teammate Brett Ormsby also competed in the 2004 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
Brooks was head coach of the Los Angeles Water Polo Club's boys 16-and-under team from 2006-08. In 2006, he coached the club team to an undefeated season, culminating in the Junior Olympic Championship. He helped develop 15 Division I men's water polo student-athletes in his tenure as head coach. Additionally, Brooks served on the coaching staff of the 2012 U.S. Women's National Team, alongside Krikorian.
One of the nation's premier goalkeepers in four seasons at UCLA, Brooks helped lead the Bruins to back-to-back NCAA titles (1999, 2000) in his first two years. He continued his stellar play in his final two seasons, earning All-America and All-MPSF honors each year. Brooks ranks second on UCLA's all-time saves list with 700 stops in four seasons.
A key goalkeeper on the USA National Team, Brooks led Team USA to the gold medal at the 2001 and 2003 Pan American Games. He served as the starting goalkeeper at the 2003 FINA World Championships (Barcelona), the 2004 Olympics (Athens) and the 2005 FINA World Championships (Montreal).
Brooks, 32, graduated from UCLA in 2005 with a degree in Sociology. A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Brooks is the oldest of three children and has 25-year-old twin sisters (Nicole and Jessica).
BRANDON BROOKS' UCLA RECORD