SACRAMENTO STATE MOURNS THE LOSS OF TERRANCE BROOKS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State athletics department is saddened to announce the passing of Director of Strength and Conditioning Terrance Brooks on Monday, June 13.
"My thoughts and prayers go to Terrance's family at this time," Sacramento State Director of Athletics Terry Wanless said. "Terrance was a special person who I had had the honor of working with since he was a student-athlete. He was a valuable member of our staff and a man that everyone looked up to and respected. He will be deeply missed."
Brooks joined the Hornet family in February of 2009 and spearheaded the transformation of the strength and conditioning program. One of the biggest supporters of the department, Brooks could regularly be found in the stands or on the sidelines at most Sacramento State sporting events.
Prior to coming to Sacramento State, Brooks was the head strength and conditioning coach for football, women's volleyball, men's swimming, and men's and women's golf at Towson University in Baltimore, Md.
He also coached football and was the strength and conditioning coach at Kalamazoo College in Michigan, Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., and Bridgewater College in Virginia.
A former Div. II All-American in football at Towson, Brooks played on the offensive line for the Tigers from 1981-84 — where Wanless served as the defensive coordinator. He helped lead Towson to the NCAA Div. II quarterfinals as a junior and to the semifinals as a senior. He was inducted into the school's athletic hall of fame in 2011. Brooks also competed in track and field where he was the East Coast Conference champion in the discus.
After an injury cut his professional football career short, Brooks began competing in weightlifting. He was a four-time world and five-time national Drug Free Powerlifting champion. Brooks was a member of the United States team which won the gold medal at the 2007 North American Powerlifting Championships.
He is survived by his wife, Dana.
Marshall Sperbeck, Head Football Coach
"Coach Brooks had a tremendous impact on our program with his leadership and commitment to our team and players. We will truly miss him and are saddened by this tragic event.
"It is hard to explain exactly what he meant to us and how we are feeling. He poured his heart and soul into the job and we were lucky to have him for the short time he was here."
Jamie Craighead, Head Women's Basketball Coach
“Coach Brooks was as good as it gets when you think about what a coach and a friend should be. He motivated and encouraged with a firm voice and swift praise. He believed in our student-athletes and let them know it daily. His impact was felt by anyone with whom he came in contact. Coach Brooks is not replaceable and our program will do its very best to honor him as we move forward with him watching over us. He created a legacy in just a short time here. He will always be our standard of what a strength coach should be, and more importantly, what a great man and friend should be.”
Brian Katz, Head Men's Basketball Coach
"Terrance was very professional and inspirational, and our players really looked up to him. Always spiritual and motivating, he spoke from the heart at all times and that really left a lasting impression. Our guys felt a lot of caring and love from him, and his spirit will carry on forever not only with myself, our players and staff, but this entire athletics department as well."
Ruben Volta, Head Volleyball Coach
"Our players and staff are deeply saddened by the loss of Terrance Brooks. He had a tremendous impact on our players from an inspirational and caring standpoint. Our team has suffered a series of injuries over the past couple years and he really took the time to work individually with each athlete while caring for their needs. He was a tireless worker, and I always appreciated his professionalism. People like Terrance aren’t replaceable and he will be sorely missed."