Birthdate:September 7, 1967
Education:Athabasca University, 2000, B.A., Liberal Arts
Assistant Coach, Brown University, 2002-present
Assistant Coach, Wayne State University, 1999-2002
Assistant Coach, Western Michigan University, 1998-1999
Assistant Coach, Bentley College, 1997-1998
Danny Brooks, regarded as one of the top young recruiters in the country, returned to the East Coast prior to the 2002-2003 season, and will begin his fifth year as an assistant coach for the Bears' hockey team and his 10th season as an assistant coach. After spending one year as Brown's second assistant, Brooks was elevated to the top assistant prior to the 2003- 2004 season.
At Brown, Brooks works with the team's defensemen, which ranked third in the country in 2004, and the team penalty kill unit, which ranked second in the nation in 2004 at 89.3%. In three seasons with the Bears, Brooks has helped lead the team to its first Ivy League Championship in 10 years and to a third place finish in the ECAC in 2004, up two places from the 2003 season. In addition, he helped to recruit the 2004 Ivy League and ECAC Rookie of the Year. The Class of 2008, the second class which Brooks helped bring to Brown, ranked fourth in the nation by Red Line Report (12/03).
Brooks spent three seasons (1999-2002) as an assistant coach under Bill Wilkinson at Wayne State University in Detroit, a member of College Hockey America. Prior to his stint at Wayne State, Brooks coached under Wilkinson for one year at Western Michigan. Before WMU, Brooks served as assistant coach during the 1997-98 campaign at Bentley College under Head Coach Jim McAdam.
While at Wayne State, Brooks helped to lead the Warriors to a CHA Regular Season Championship in 2002 and back-to-back CHA Play-off Championships (2001, 2002). In addition, Brooks served as the Recruiting Coordinator, while also coaching the team's defensemen. During his three-year stint, Brooks recruited and coached four First Team CHA All-Stars, two Second Team CHA All-Stars, one CHA All-Rookie Team selection, two CHA Play-off MVPs, and one CHA Regular Season MVP.
During the summer of 2003, Brooks was a head coach at the US Select 14 Festival, and led his team to a silver medal.
A native of Natick, MA, Brooks is on the American Hockey Coaches Association Convention planning committee. He has also been a guest speaker for USA Hockey at several of their camps and clinics.
Brooks, 39, received a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from Athabasca University (Edmonton, Alberta) in 2000, after attending the University of Brandon. Brooks is currently working on his master's degree. He and his wife, Nicole, reside in Cranston.