Brandon Brooks enters his fourth season as an assistant coach on the men's water polo staff. As an assistant coach, Brooks focuses his efforts on the development of goalkeepers and oversees their conditioning and strength training program. Brooks has also served as an assistant coach with the women's water polo team the past two seasons, helping lead UCLA to NCAA titles in 2007 and 2008.
Brooks joined the men's water polo staff as a full-time assistant coach in the summer of 2006 after assisting head coach Adam Krikorian as an undergraduate assistant coach in 2004. That season, Brooks helped lead the Bruins to their eighth NCAA championship.
During the past two years, Brooks' instruction has proved most valuable with the development of goalkeeper Chay Lapin, who enters his junior season in 2008. Lapin, a second-team All-MPSF selection as a freshman and sophomore, led the Bruins' goalkeeping unit to the second-lowest goals against averages each of the past two seasons (team 6.54 GAA in 2007, team 5.70 GAA in 2006).
Brooks, a three-time All-America selection at UCLA and a former Olympic goalkeeper, helped lead the Bruins to national titles in 1999 and 2000 as UCLA's goalkeeper, all while becoming UCLA's all-time saves leader with 700 stops.
In the summer of 2004, Brooks and former UCLA teammates Adam Wright and Brett Ormsby competed for Team USA in the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. One year earlier, the Honolulu, Hawaii, native provided stellar defense as goalkeeper for the U.S. National Team at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.
Following the 2003 World Championships, Brooks manned the net at the Pan-American Games, where Team USA took the gold medal and ultimately qualified for the 2004 Olympics.
As a student-athlete at UCLA, Brooks led the Bruins to consecutive national championships in his first two seasons. As a freshman in 1999, Brooks totaled 100 saves in 51.75 quarters. His 5.60 goals against average that season ranks second all-time in the school's record books.
The following season, Brooks recorded 208 saves in 95 quarters and posted a school-best 4.80 goals against average, a mark which still ranks first today. The sophomore allowed just one goal in the first 25 minutes of UCLA's 11-2 NCAA title game victory over UC San Diego. His 208 saves that season currently stands at seventh-place all-time school history.
Coming off back-to-back national championships at the start of the 2001 season, Brooks led UCLA to a No. 5 final national ranking as a junior. His 5.96 goals against average that season stands as the fifth-best mark in school history. Brooks recorded 165 saves in 78 quarters as the Bruins finished the season 16-5.
As a senior at UCLA in 2002, Brooks made 227 saves in 79 quarters and recorded a 6.46 goals against average, which currently ranks ninth best in the school record book. The All-America selection guided the Bruins to a third-place finish in the MPSF Tournament. He also earned Alll-MPSF First Team accolades in 2002.
The oldest of three children, Brooks has 21 year-old twin sisters (Nicole and Jessica). He was born on April 29, 1981.
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