Millsaps College has hired Donald (Donnie) Brooks to serve as the new director of athletics. Brooks is joining the Majors from his position as assistant director of athletics for peak performance at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, where he has worked since 2011. Brooks is expected to begin his new role on May 2, 2016.
“We are excited about working with Donnie to build on our record of athletic and academic excellence,” said Dr. Robert W. Pearigen, president of Millsaps. “His record of work at Dartmouth and the other schools at which he’s served demonstrates a commitment to helping scholar-athletes achieve success on the fields of play, and in their fields of study.”
Brooks brings a strong resume to the athletics program at Millsaps. Prior to his time at Dartmouth, he served as an assistant professor of physical education, assistant director of athletics, assistant football coach, and lacrosse coach at Williams College in Williamstown, MA. He has also worked as athletic director and assistant dean of students at New Leadership Charter School in Springfield, MA; as a graduate assistant football coach at Springfield College (also in Springfield, MA); and as a scouting assistant and football operations intern with the Houston Texans. He is also a 2014 graduate of the NCAA’s Leadership Institute, a two-year professional development program for emerging administrators. Brooks was a starter on the offensive line for Springfield College in 2000, a season in which the team led the nation in rushing with a Division III record average of 427.5 yards per game.
“I would like to thank President Pearigen and Dr. Brit Katz, vice president for student life and dean of students, for the opportunity to serve as the director of a program with such great history and traditions,” Brooks said. “President Pearigen’s vision for the college, as well as the welcoming campus and vibrant greater Jackson community, make this one of the best athletic director positions in the country.
“I would also like to thank all of the colleagues and mentors at Springfield, Williams, and Dartmouth who have helped prepare me for this role. I’m excited to get to Jackson to work with a great group of coaches and capitalize on some of the great work already underway. The enhancement of the student athlete experience has been the cornerstone of success at my previous institutions and I look forward to working with our staff to develop and implement strategies that help our Majors excel in all areas of their Millsaps experience.”
A native of Houston, TX, Brooks earned his B.S. degree in business management and master’s degree in sports management, both at Springfield College. He and his wife, Shevie, have two daughters, Alannah and Peyton.