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Dan Brooks
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Oregon State '81
Phone: (919) 681-2628
Email: dsb5@duaa.duke.edu
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Dan Brooks Bio
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Updated: 10/02/2013

Duke women’s golf head coach Dan Brooks knows what it takes to make it to the pinnacle of a collegiate sport.  In 29 years as the coach of the Duke Blue Devils, he has helped guide his squads to five NCAA National Championships, 17 ACC Championships and 114 team victories, which is the most of any women’s golf coach in Division I history.

In 1998-99, all the hard work paid off as Duke secured the NCAA Championship, the first title for any Blue Devil women’s program in school history and the fourth overall.   Duke withstood the high expectations of being ranked No. 1 in the country during the preseason, fought off the pressure of sporting the top ranking for most of the year and finished by holding the lead from start to finish at the NCAA Championship in Tulsa, Okla.  It was one of the greatest seasons for any sport in school history.

In 2001-02, Brooks once again claimed the NCAA Championship in Auburn, Wash., as his Blue Devils fought off adversity in the fall without senior All-America and reigning NCAA Individual Champion Candy Hannemann.  The Blue Devils struggled, winning only one of four tournaments, but rebounded in the spring with Hannemann back in the lineup to win all seven tournaments they played.  Duke headed to the championship as the hottest team in golf.  The Blue Devils hung in the top four during the entire tournament and made up nine strokes in the last three holes of the final round to capture the title by six strokes.

In 2004-05, Brooks headed to his home state of Oregon for the second time as a head coach to lead the Blue Devils at the 2005 NCAA Championship.  With approximately 30 family and friends in attendance, Brooks kept the Blue Devils at striking distance the first two days and on the third day Duke came alive on the back nine sinking 15 birdies on its way to shooting 11-under-par over the final nine holes.  

The back nine led Duke to a six-under-par score and an eight-stroke lead over Auburn, after going into the day with a nine-stroke deficit to the Tigers.  Leading the Duke charge was sophomore Anna Grzebien with a tournament-best round of 65 and Brittany Lang with a three-under-par 68.  Grzebien catapulted to the individual lead by four strokes with 18 holes remaining.  Grzebien and Duke hung on for a five-stroke team victory and one-stroke individual win in the final round.

In 2006, the Blue Devils were once again ranked No. 1 in the preseason and went on to be atop the polls for the entire season, but when it came time for the NCAA Championship the Blue Devils were not considered the favorite by many in the media contingent.  

After the first two days, Duke was in second place only three shots off the lead, but for the second straight year the third round was moving day for the Blue Devils.  Duke went on to shoot a team-best one-under-par, 287, and went on to take a 13-stroke lead going into the final day.  The Blue Devils would go on to win the title by an amazing 10 strokes and earned back-to-back championships for the first time in women’s golf since 1997 and 1998.

In 2007, Brooks guided Duke to an amazing fifth NCAA title and its third straight NCAA crown.  The Blue Devils became only the second team to win three straight titles since ASU accomplished it from 1992-95.  Duke headed to the championship as the second ranked team in the nation and trailed by eight strokes after day one.  The Blue Devils made their run in the second round firing a one-under-par total of 287 and led by seven strokes after 36 holes of play.  Duke would never trail the rest of the way and won its fifth NCAA Championship by an astonishing 15 strokes.

After winning his third straight National Championship, Brooks was awarded the 2007 NGCA National Coach of the Year, marking the fifth time he had received national recognition.

Developing consistency has been a trademark for the Duke program, just as Brooks, a five-time National Coach of the Year, has his own trademark of being an excellent teacher of the game.  Looking to win their sixth title, the Blue Devils return all five letterwinners off last year’s squad, including All-America Laetitia Beck and honorable mention All-America selections Alejandra Cangrejo and Celine Boutier.   Coach Brooks realizes that golfers are individuals, each having her own special needs and talents.  Through experience Brooks has learned to adapt his teaching and coaching abilities to the individual.

These working relationships between coach and player have made Duke as lethal a unit as any in the country. What Brooks and the Blue Devils have accomplished is very impressive: five NCAA Championships in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007; a final ranking of No. 1 seven years in a row (2001-07); 10 straight top 10 finishes at the NCAA Championship from 2001-10; a runner-up finish at the 2013 NCAA Championship, a No. 8 final ranking in 2012; a tied for eighth placement at the 2010 NCAA Championship; a sixth place finish at the 2009 NCAA Championship; a third-place finish at the 2008 NCAA Championship and final ranking of No. 3; a third-place finish at the 2004 NCAA Championship; a second-place finish at the 2001 NCAA Championship; a final ranking of No. 2 in 2000; a No. 1 final ranking in 1999; a fourth-place finish at the 1998 NCAA Championship; a fourth-place finish in the 1994 NCAA Championship; a No. 1 national ranking during the 1992-93 campaign; a fifth-place finish at the NCAAs in 1988; a seventh-place NCAA spot in 1987; and a final national ranking of No. 16 at the conclusion of the 1984-85 season, Brooks’ first year at Duke.

Over the last 15 years, Duke has established itself as the nation’s top women’s collegiate golf team with five national titles, 88 event titles, 12 ACC titles, three NCAA individual champions and 53 individual medalist honors.  

The women’s golf team won the first five national titles in women’s athletics at Duke University, each coming during the Brooks era.  The five NCAA Championships are also the most by any team in school history.

Duke has collected 17 ACC Championship titles during Brooks’ term with the Blue Devils, while 14 individuals have captured medalist honors at the ACC event under Brooks. He has coached 28 All-ACC selections and 12 Academic All-America choices. Brooks has also groomed 21 All-America players, including Virada Nirapathpongporn, Sarah LeBrun, Stephanie Sparks, Kathi Poppmeier, Jenny Chuasiriporn, Beth Bauer, Candy Hannemann, Brittany Lang, Anna Grzebien, Liz Janangelo, Jennie Lee, Amanda Blumenherst and Lindy Duncan.

On Oct. 23, 2005, Brooks won his 92nd career tournament, which broke Mark Gale of San Jose State’s record of 91 victories to become the all-time wins leader for NCAA Division I.  Altogether in Brooks’ 29 years, Duke has collected an incredible 114 tournament titles.  

His efforts with the nationally known Duke squad haven’t gone unnoticed as Brooks was inducted into the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) Hall of Fame in 2001.  In addition to being tabbed ACC Coach of the Year in 1993, 1996-2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2012 and 2013,  Brooks has also picked up Region Coach of the Year accolades seven times and was the NGCA National Coach of the Year in 1999, 2001, 2005 and 2007.  

The 55-year-old Brooks received his B.S. degree in history from Oregon State in 1981. He was among OSU’s top golfers during his collegiate career.

In addition to his responsibilities with the women’s golf program, he teaches his many students at the Duke Golf Club as a PGA Teaching Professional. He also directs a summer youth instructional program called the Duke Academy of Golf.


Duke Coaching Honors

National Coach of the Year
   Dan Brooks...................... 1999 (NGCA)
   Dan Brooks...................... 2001 (NGCA)
   Dan Brooks.................. 2002 (Golfweek)
   Dan Brooks...................... 2005 (NGCA)
   Dan Brooks.... 2007 (NGCA & Golfweek)

District Coach of the Year
   Ron Schmid.................................... 1984
   Dan Brooks.................................... 1988
   Dan Brooks.................................... 1998
   Dan Brooks.................................... 1999
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   Dan Brooks.................................... 2007

ACC Coach of the Year
   Dan Brooks.................................... 1993
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   Dan Brooks.................................... 2013

Duke Coaching History
   Jane Lloyd................................ 1974-79
   Ron Schmid............................... 1980-84
   Dan Brooks............................... 1985-present

AJGA All-America Recruits Under Dan Brooks
  NAME....................................................................................... YEARS
  Christine Casingal....................................................................... 1987-90
  Lisa Brandetsas.......................................................................... 1989-92
  Kim Cayce................................................................................ 1990-93               
Tonya Blosser.............................................................................. 1991-94
  Stephanie Sparks.................................................................. 1992-94, ‘96               
Jamie Koizumi.............................................................................. 1993-96
  Alicia Allison.............................................................................. 1995-98
  Jenny Chuasiriporn..................................................................... 1996-99
  Anne Cardea.............................................................................. 1997-99
  Amie Lehman............................................................................. 1997-99
  Beth Bauer................................................................................. 1999-00
  Candy Hannemann..................................................................... 1999-02
  Maria Garcia-Estrada.................................................................. 2000-03
  Leigh Anne Hardin...................................................................... 2001-04
  Virada Nirapathpongporn......................................................... 2001-04
  Liz Janangelo............................................................................. 2002-04
  Anna Grzebien........................................................................... 2003-04
  Brittany Lang.............................................................................. 2003-04
  Jennifer Pandolfi........................................................................ 2003-04
  Amanda Blumenherst............................................................... 2003-06
  Jennie Lee................................................................................. 2004-06
  Kim Donovan........................................................................... 2004-05
  Mina Harigae............................................................................. 2005-07
  Lindy Duncan........................................................................... 2005-08
  Courtney Ellenbogen................................................................ 2006-07
  Stacey Kim............................................................................... 2007-08
  Luz Alejandra Cangrejo............................................................ 2008-09
  Laetitia Beck............................................................................... 2008-09
  Celine Boutier.............................................................................. 2010-11
  Yu Liu............................................................................................. 2010-11
  Esther Lee................................................................................... 2011-12



Brooks’ Coaching Tree

Seven former Blue Devil men’s and women’s golf assistant coaches have gone on to be head coaches over the last 14 years thanks to the direction of Dan Brooks and former Duke men’s golf coach Rod Myers.  Kalen Anderson was the first full-time assistant women’s golf coach Brooks had over his first 27 years with the Blue Devils.

Allen Terrell, Director of Golf/Head Men’s Golf Coach
Coastal Carolina, 2000-present

Jason Widener, Head Men’s Golf Coach
UNC Wilmington, 2003-08

Jim Kubinski, Head Men’s Golf Coach
Notre Dame, 2005-present

Brad Sparling, Associate Head Men’s Golf Coach
Ohio State, 2007-09

Kalen Anderson, Head Women’s Golf Coach
South Carolina, 2008-present

Jan Dowling, Head Women’s Golf Coach
Florida, 2009-12
Assistant Coach at Tennessee, 2012-13
Michigan Head Coach, 2013-present

Emily Bastel, Head Women’s Golf Coach
Florida, 2012-present

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