PHILADELPHIA – Erin Brooks has been named the new head softball coach at Saint Joseph’s University, director of athletics Don DiJulia announced on Tuesday. Brooks is the eighth head coach in Saint Joseph’s softball history.
Bringing a decade of head coaching experience to Hawk Hill, Brooks has led her teams to a 230-166-1 overall record with eight appearances in the conference tournament and three in the NCAA Tournament. Over the last three seasons, she has served as head coach at Haverford College, leading the Fords to their first NCAA Division III Super Regional appearance in 2016.
“We are pleased to announce the appointment of Erin Brooks as our new head softball coach. Erin comes to us with 10 years of head coaching experience and previous success at two other Jesuit institutions, as an accomplished scholar-athlete at Fordham and as head coach at John Carroll University,” said DiJulia. “We look forward to partnering with Erin and building upon our pattern of academic and athletic success here on Hawk Hill. Enhancing the student-athlete experience is at the heart of our goal to develop everyday champions, in and out of the classroom, and on and off the playing field.”
“I want to thank Don DiJulia and the SJU administrative staff for this opportunity. I am excited to join Hawk Hill and feel honored to be a part of SJU's rich tradition of competitive excellence,” Brooks said.
Since taking over at 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. 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.
Brooks takes over a Saint Joseph’s team that went 25-28 and earned the third seed for the Atlantic 10 Championship in 2017.