From end to end and sideline to sideline, Northern Illinois University graduate assistant Chase Brooks' versatility allows him to have the whole field covered.
Brooks, 25, originally joined the Huskie staff in August of 2005 after having worked for his alma mater, Eckerd College, since May of 2003. After a four-year letterwinning career, he remained at EC as an assistant coach while he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in management in May of 2003. By December 2003, he was pressed into duty as the interim head coach until May of 2004.
A native of Ft. Myers, FL, his playing career for the Tritons began in 1999 when he also earned an Eckerd Special Talent Scholarship for Soccer. Brooks served as captain for EC during his last two seasons with his senior year including First-Team All-Sunshine Conference accolades. After his senior year, he was chosen as the recipient of the James R. Harley Award, which is presented to the student-athlete who best represents Eckerd.
During his college career, the three-time Sunsine State Conference Honor Roll athlete also received academic scholarships from Eckerd and the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship program.
A former Florida Youth Soccer Association referee, Brooks also worked Eckerd summer soccer camps and coached the Southside Youth Soccer program in St. Petersburg. His resume also includes serving as an Operations Assistant for the USBL Florida SeaDragons Basketball Team based in Ft. Myers, FL.
"Despite his youth, Chase has a unique background that runs the gamut from academic and athletic success to having served as an interim coach," Simmons noted. "During his first year here, he proved his ability to step up and handle a variety of duties and responsibilities for our program."
Brooks, who is currently completing work on a Master's degree in sports management from NIU, earned an Advance National License from the NSCAA in 2005 after earning an NSCAA National License Distinguished Pass in 2004. On July 21, 2006, he married the former Sarah Judson of Woodstock, IL.