Coach E: What is your career coaching record and your coaching record at Warren Central?
Coach Michael Brooks: Overall 72-40. My Warren Record in three years is 56-16
How and why did you get involved with coaching girls basketball?
I started coaching girls basketball right out of college at Stonybrook Middle School. After seeing the progress made throughout the season, I knew that this was something I wanted to continue. I have coached boys, but find a different reward in seeing female athletes enjoy success.
How many minority girls basketball coaches are there in the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference (MIC)?
Currently, I am the only minority girls basketball coach in the MIC.
What advice do you have for young coaches that are trying to get into high school coaching?
Chase your dream and get involved early. There are always jobs and opportunities available for people who have a real desire to make an impact in the lives of young folks.
What was the state of girls basketball when you got to Warren?
My staff and I felt as if there was a lack of confidence. Before my staff and I took over, we had failed to win a conference game in the two previous years and had not won a sectional championship in 19 years. I think the turnaround came when the girls started to believe in themselves. I also think after the girls knew we were in their corner, they responded.
What was the first thing you had to do when you got the job?
The first thing I had to do was to get to know my players. You have to learn how to motivate each and every player. Many times different tactics have to be applied with each player. When players trust you, they will always compete and play hard for you. Secondly, my staff and I harped on the importance of hitting the books and maintaining good grades. Our team GPA has continued to improve.
Why is it important for urban females to be involved with organized sports?
I think the lessons learned through organized sports are the lessons you need in life. I constantly harp on accountability, work ethic, time management, character and commitment. These are all essential to being successful in life as well as raising a family. It is imperative that we keep our kids involved and get them involved at an early age.
What are you doing to get more young females in the community to participate in organized team sports?
We run free camps for children in our townships, visit schools and hold leagues and tournament to get children involved. We have a database of every girl in our district, so it is easy for us to communicate them.
Why should my daughter play for you, coach Brooks?
I would say because I will do all I can to make your daughter successful on and off the court. I believe that I am an extension of the parent when their child is at school. I take that role seriously and wear that hat with great pride.