JMU women's basketball coach Kenny Brooks heading to Virginia Tech

Published: Mar. 28, 2016 at 8:19 AM EDT
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According to a press release on the James Madison University website, JMU women's head basketball coach Kenny Brooks has resigned and accepted a new position as the head coach of the women's basketball team at Virginia Tech.

That's according to JMU Director of Athletics Jeff Bourne.

Brooks has coached the Dukes to the most wins in program history.

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Below is the release found on the JMU website.


HARRISONBURG, Va. – Kenny Brooks, owner of the most wins in program history, resigned Monday morning as James Madison women's basketball head coach as announced by Director of Athletics Jeff Bourne. Brooks vacated the position to accept the women's basketball head coach position at Virginia Tech.

"It is difficult to lose Coach Brooks as a member of our JMU family and as a member of our coaching staff," Bourne said. "Kenny will be remembered as one of the all-time great coaches in the history of JMU Athletics. He has built a program that competes annually for national recognition, and he had an incredible impact on our successes and the lives of the young people he led. We are grateful for his leadership with our student-athletes in so many ways, both on and off the court. His commitment and dedication to our program has positioned JMU women's basketball well for future success as the premier program in the Colonial Athletic Association and a perennial contender at the national level. Anytime a coach has a sustained run of success, he will be attractive to other institutions. It came as no surprise when a power-five league had an opening that he was contacted. We wish Coach Brooks and his family the very best in this new chapter of his professional career. Virginia Tech is fortunate to have him leading their program and he will be greatly missed at JMU."

Brooks issued the following in announcing his departure, "On behalf of myself and my family, I'd like to thank JMU Nation for the opportunity to be their head women's basketball coach for the last 14 years. JMU is where I grew up as a man and a coach, and I was fortunate to be able to put my imprint on one of the best women's basketball programs in the country. It is with a heavy heart that today I decided to start a new chapter in my life, and I only hope that you can understand the level of appreciation that I have for each and every one of you. I am and always will be a proud alumnus of JMU, and I will root and cheer for the Dukes just like you... forever!"

Brooks became JMU's interim head coach on Dec. 6, 2002 and officially became women's basketball head coach on March 21, 2003. He collected a career mark of 337-122 (.734) at JMU in 14 seasons, breaking the program's coaching wins record in 2015.

The Dukes have achieved at least 24 victories in 11 consecutive seasons under Brooks, including at least 25 in each of the last seven campaigns, a span which includes five Colonial Athletic Association championships and five NCAA appearances. Two Dukes – Tamera Young ('08) and Lauren Okafor ('15) – have been drafted in the WNBA under Brooks while Dawn Evans ('11) and Kirby Burkholder ('14) also had tryouts.

In 2015-16, Brooks and the Dukes weathered significant injuries to post a 27-6 mark, winning the CAA regular season at 17-1 and capturing the program's third consecutive league title. Brooks earned his fourth career CAA Coach of the Year honor and witnessed his sixth different student-athlete capture CAA Player of the Year honors in the last 10 years in redshirt senior Jazmon Gwathmey.

Brooks' staff was composed entirely of JMU graduates. The Waynesboro, Virginia, native played three seasons (1988-91) in the JMU men's basketball program under JMU Hall of Fame coach Lefty Driesell with two appearances in the postseason NIT. He served stints as an assistant coach for men's basketball at JMU and VMI before becoming a JMU women's assistant coach in 2002.

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