The Master's College baseball coach Monte Brooks just earned his 400th career win
With a 6-5 win over Concordia in the nightcap of a doubleheader on March 19, The Master's College baseball coach Monte Brooks earned his 400th career win. All of those wins have come during his 15-year tenure at the helm of the Mustangs.
Taking over the head job in the spring of 1997, Brooks' first career win (1-0) came against Southern California College (now Vanguard) on February 4, 1997. A year later, his influence on the program began to take shape in a tangible way when the Mustangs won a then school-record 34 games and Brooks was honored by the NAIA Far West Region as Coach of the Year.
Just over three years later on February 17, 2000, he notched victory No. 100 in a 7-2 decision over the University of British Columbia. That win was one of many (a school-record 37) during a memorable 2000 campaign when the Mustangs won the NAIA Region II title and finished third in their first-ever NAIA College World Series appearance. For those accomplishments, Brooks was named the NAIA Region II Coach of the Year.
Three seasons later, Brooks racked up win No. 200 in an 8-0 blanking of Concordia on April 5, 2003. The Mustangs went on to capture their first-ever GSAC regular-season championship several weeks later and Brooks earned GSAC and NAIA Region II Coach of the Year honors.
Win No. 300 came on February 9, 2008, when the Mustangs defeated Vanguard 6-4. A year later, Brooks piloted the Mustangs to a program-tying 37 wins and the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round.
After his historic milestone, Brooks said, "I am grateful to the Lord for the opportunity to coach baseball at The Master's College. It has always been my joy and privilege to help steward these young men in their faith in Jesus Christ and to develop their God-given talents in the sport of baseball. I am thankful for the success the Lord has brought to the baseball program and for the relationships I have with the players for all these years."