June 9, 2010
SANTA CLARITA, Calif.—Continuing TMC’s Athletic Department’s series designed to better acquaint The Master’s College community with the coaching staff,
we have asked 16-year head baseball coach Monte Brooks several questions about his experiences while coaching at TMC.
TMC: How did you become a coach at The Master’s College?
MB: I was hired in the fall of 1992 as a volunteer assistant coach to help the infielders, give insight to hitting, and oversee base running. It just so happened that the spring season of 1993 was the best season TMC ever had. The success of that season and the relationships that were cultivated eventually transitioned me into a teaching/coaching position in 1994.
TMC: How long have you been coaching at TMC? Where and how long did you coach before coming to TMC?
MB: I was exposed to many different sports at an early age due largely in part to my father who was a Hall of Fame high school coach in the state of Idaho. As I got older, my zeal for sports increased and I became more attracted toward baseball. My first coaching experience was when I was in the 7th grade coaching sixth grade city league summer baseball. I later coached American legion baseball after my second year of college. After playing a small stint professionally I had the opportunity to coach division 1 NCAA college baseball in Santa Clara. Since the spring of 1993 I’ve had the privilege of coaching 18 years full time: two as an assistant and 16 as a head coach.
TMC: What do you love most about The Master's College?
MB: There are many things I love about TMC. However, my greatest joy lies in the relationship of the players and seeing them grow in their walk with Christ. Over the years I’ve seen so much growth in the life of players through the teams' discipleship times, evangelism and outreach events, prayer times, and everyday life-on-life experiences. I also get excited seeing them succeed as the Lord allows them to reap from their commitment to excellence on the diamond.
TMC: What character qualities do you look for in an ideal athlete?
MB: I look for a hard work ethic and a heart that loves the Lord. Talent plays a role, obviously, but my ideal athlete must love the Lord with all his heart, mind, and soul. As a result you will get a player of integrity and loyalty.
TMC: In what ways do you view coaching as a ministry?
MB: It’s a ministry in every way. Our coaching staff teaches, trains, admonishes, equips, edifies, and confronts sin. In other words we disciple, mentor and, hopefully, model our Lord Jesus Christ. Baseball is an excellent venue to educate these young men in God’s Word. Our overall desire is for them to be godly men.
TMC: How would you describe a perfect season?
MB: To me, a perfect season would be when everyone strives for perfection spiritually, physically, and mentally. You want the team to put forth its best effort with all its heart in these areas. The Lord cares about the heart, thoughts, and intentions so we strive to be excellent in everything with the right motives while maintaining a pure heart. We can't always control the outcome of the season, but we can control the efforts we put forth during the season. I firmly believe that we are to live by the Scriptures and do everything "…heartily for the Lord" (Col. 3:23) and to “...always be abounding in the work of the Lord” (I Cor. 15:58).
With that being said, we rest in the fact that every season is perfect in the eyes of the Lord because the outcome is perfect in His will.
TMC: What has cultivated your passion for baseball?
MB: I believe that baseball is the most difficult sport in which to succeed. There is a high percentage of failure, so you have to be mentally tough if you want to be successful. I am intrigued by the pure challenge of it. There are also many intricate strategies in the game that makes it so interesting to play. If you understand and prepare for those strategies then success is very rewarding when achieved. Ultimately, the combination of being both mentally tough and maintaining intelligence is what motivates me.
Monte and his wife Carole Anne have two daughters and a son, (Taylor Anne, Emme Kate, & Nicholas Cooper) and reside in Santa Clarita, CA.
The Master’s College Athletic Department has been blessed with a wonderful coaching staff whose commitment to the Lord is seen both on and off the field of competition. Join us next week as we interview sixth-year women's soccer coach Curtis Lewis.