MBrookes Baseball CoachHead Coach Monte Brooks

Unpretentious. It's defined as "free from ostentation, elegance, or affectation: modest." One could easily add to that definition "see Monte Brooks." The man is the genuine article, as real as they come, someone you can joke and laugh with, but whose wisdom and knowledge you want to soak up at every possible opportunity.

Entering his 16th season at the helm of the Mustang program, Coach Brooks is the GSAC's senior coach and a staple of the Mustang baseball program. Known for his unbridled passion for coaching, mentoring, and winning, as much as for his humble, quiet confidence, it is the combination of those attributes with a strong knowledge of the game that has propelled the soft-spoken, yet decisive, head coach to guide his Mustang squads to success on and off the field.

Though Brooks would be the first to tell you about his players' successes off the field, he'd be the last to tell you about his own successes since coaching his players on the field. Yet his coaching success is hard to ignore. During his tenure, Brooks has coached 18 All-Americans and 32 of his players have signed professional contracts. In that same span, his teams have compiled an overall record of 413-329, with win No. 400 coming last March. He is highly respected among his peers not only for the numbers he's produced, but for the way he does his job.

Upon his promotion to head coach in 1997, Brooks didn't waste any time building a competitive and NAIA-respected baseball program. By 1998, he had put together the first of three consecutive 30-win seasons, culminating in 2000 when the Mustangs tied a school record with 37 wins, won their first-ever NAIA Region II title and placed third in their initial World Series appearance. On the heels of that outstanding campaign, Brooks was named NAIA Region II Coach of the Year.

Not one to slow down or rest on past successes, Brooks was able to pilot the club to three more consecutive winning seasons starting in 2002. This time the run of victories included a 29-17 record in 2003 when he reached the 200-win plateau and the Mustangs used a 20-8 conference record to win their first-ever GSAC regular-season championship. In light of his team's success, Brooks was recognized as the Golden State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year as well as the Region II Coach of the Year.

Brooks has continued to guide the Mustangs with precision and discipline year after year. Most recently, he led his 2009 squad to the NAIA National Tournament. Swatting a team-record 75 home runs and boasting two of the top hurlers in the conference, the Mustangs tied a school record with 37 wins (37-22) and made an improbable run through the GSAC Tournament.

For those who know the man personally, this kind of success comes as no surprise. Brooks possesses an extensive knowledge of the game, gleaned from years of playing and previous coaching assignments, which he injects into his players. He played collegiate ball at San Jose City College and San Jose State University, where he graduated in 1990 with a degree in history. Drafted by San Diego, Brooks spent four years in the Padre system (in which he played all nine positions) and was part of two minor league championship teams. He also spent a year overseas, playing for Turin in Italy. In 1999, he was inducted into the Idaho Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

After his playing days were over, Brooks turned to the coaching side of things, spending time at Meridian High School in Idaho, the University of Santa Clara, and back in the Padre organization. He came to The Master's and assisted in 1995, using his expertise especially with hitters and infielders, and then moved into his current position two years later.

Brooks, who earned an M.A. in education from Azusa Pacific University, also serves as Associate Athletic Director. He and his wife, Carole Anne, live in Castaic with their daughters, Taylor Anne and Emme, and son, Nicholas.