Returning for her second season as head coach of the Saint Joseph's softball program is Erin Brooks.
Named the eighth head coach in team history in November of 2017, Brooks came to Hawk Hill with a decade of head coaching experience. In her first season, Brooks guided the Hawks to a 24-25 season with sophomores Molly Kapala and Sarah Ostaszewski capturing Atlantic 10 All-Conference honors and Kirstin Cox earning All-Rookie Team accolades. SJU excelled in the classroom as well with Kapala and juniors Taryn Grober and Sacey Mayer earning A-10 All-Academic Team recognition.
Taking over as head coach st Haverford in 2014, Brooks established the Fords as one of the top programs in the Centennial Conference posting a 60-53-1 overall record over three seasons and leading the Fords to their first NCAA Division III Super Regional appearance in 2016. Under her instruction, 14 student-athletes garnered All-Centennial Conference honors, including six First Team honorees, while 13 Fords earned All-Academic Centennial Conference distinctions.
Capturing the Centennial Conference championship in 2016, Brooks led Haverford to its first NCAA Regional title as the third-seeded Fords won the Norfolk Regional crown and came within one victory of advancing to the College World Series.
In her first season at Haverford, Brooks captured Centennial Coach of the Year honors after the team posted the second-highest winning percentage (.708) with a 25-10-1 record and placed second in the Centennial Conference.
Prior to her tenure at Haverford, Brooks served as head coach at Pacific Lutheran for the 2013-14 season. Under her guidance, four student-athletes earned All-Northwest Conference First Team honors, with two also garnering All-West Region accolades.
Brooks began her coaching career as a graduate assistant at John Carroll in 2006-07 before being promoted to head coach for the start of the 2007-08 season. Managing the Blue Streak for six seasons, she led the program to NCAA Division III Tournament berths in 2012 and 2013, a pair of Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament titles (2010, 2012) and a 154-89 overall record, including a 74-32 mark in conference games.
Along with six-straight OAC Tournament appearances, Brooks oversaw a program that earned its first-ever NFCA Top-25 Poll appearance in 2009, two NFCA Louisville Slugger All-Americans, along with John Carroll’s first OAC Rookie of the Year, OAC Pitcher of the Year and OAC MVP honorees. Twice recognized as heading the OAC Coaching Staff of the Year (2010 and 2012), Brooks graduated magna cum laude from John Carroll with a master’s degree in business administration in 2009.
In addition to coaching, Brooks has also worked as a business intelligence engineer and data analyst for Major League Baseball Advanced Media since 2003.
A standout on the field and in the classroom, Brooks earned 2001 NFCA Division III Second Team All-America honors as a sophomore at Cabrini before transferring to Fordham. A two-year starter with the Rams, Brooks helped her team to its first-ever 30-win season in 2003 and set a then record for runs scored. Named a Verizon Academic All-America selection in 2003 and 2004, she was selected the 2004 Hobbs Family Award as the Fordham’s outstanding female athlete. A 2004 summa cum laude graduate with a bachelor's degree in management of communications and information systems, Brooks was inducted into the Fordham Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.