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Kenny Brooks
Position: Head Coach
Hometown: Waynesboro, Va.
Alma Mater: James Madison
Graduating Year: 1992
Phone: 540-568-6513
Email: brookskr@jmu.edu
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Updated May 21, 2013

Kenny Brooks has been the Dukes' coach since 2002.  Look what's happened in his first 11 years:

* Postseason appearances the last eight seasons (2006-13)
* His teams have averaged nearly 26 wins a season over the past eight years
* Three NCAA Tournament appearances (2007, 2010, 2011)
* WNIT Finalist in 2012, with wins over Virginia, Wake Forest, Syracuse, South Florida, Davidson to advance to the championship game vs. Oklahoma State
* WNIT Quarterfinalist in 2013, with wins over North Carolina A&T, North Carolina State and Fordham
* Two Colonial Athletic Association championships (2010, 2011)
* Top 25 national ranking (2007, 2009, 2010) or vote-getter (2008, 2011, 2012)
* Eight straight 20-win seasons (2006-13), a school record
* CAA Coach of the Year (2007)
* Virginia Coach of the Year three times (2007, 2010, 2012)
* Five CAA championship game appearances (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011)
* Three CAA Players of the Year (Meredith Alexis 2007, Tamera Young 2008, Dawn Evans 2011)
* First CAA Defensive Player of the Year in school history (Nikki Newman 2012)
* Four Associated Press All-America Honorable Mentions (Alexis, Young, Evans twice)
* 20 all-conference selections
* More than 250 career wins
* A first-round WNBA draft pick (Young)
* All-time leading scorer in JMU and CAA history (Young first, then Evans)
* Career rebounding leader in JMU and CAA history (Alexis)
* Nation-leading 30-game home winning streak, second-longest in school history (2005-07)
* Wins over two Top 25 teams in one season, a first for the JMU program (2007-08)
* Two 2007-08 victories over 2008 NCAA Sweet 16 teams
* More than 100 school records broken
* His players rank 1-2-3-4-5 on JMU's career scoring list (Evans, Young, Tarik Hislop, Alexis, Lesley Dickinson), 1-2 on the career rebounding list (Alexis, Young) and 1-2-3 on the career assist list (Jess Cichowicz, Andrea Benvenuto, Evans)
* 75 percent (36 of 48) of the 30-point games in school history are by his players
* First two players in JMU history to earn first-team all-conference honors three times (Young, Evans)
* Second player in CAA history and first JMU player to earn all-conference honors four times (Alexis)
* First women's basketball player to win JMU's Athlete of the Year award since 1991 (Alexis, 2007)
* Three of the last seven of JMU's Athlete of the Year award-winners (Alexis 2007, Young 2008, Evans 2011)
* Three All-CAA selections in 2006 and 2007, the first time since 1996 that three Dukes were named all-conference
* JMU season attendance records set four times in last seven years

Year by Year at JMU
Season, Record, CAA Tournament, Postseason
2002-03, 16-10, Semifinalist

2003-04, 13-18, Quarterfinalist
2004-05, 18-11, Semifinalist
2005-06, 24-7, Runner-up, WNIT First Round
2006-07, 27-6, Runner-up, NCAA First Round
2007-08, 24-10, Semifinalist, WNIT Third Round
2008-09, 24-10, Runner-up, WNIT Second Round
2009-10, 26-7, Champion, NCAA First Round
2010-11, 26-8, Champion, NCAA First Round
2011-12, 29-8, Semifinalist, WNIT Runner-up
2012-13, 25-11, Semifinalist, WNIT Fourth Round (Quarterfinals)
Total, 252-106, .704

Kenny Brooks' Journey
* Grew up in nearby Waynesboro, Va.

* Honorable mention all-state basketball player at Waynesboro High School
* Graduated from Waynesboro High School in 1987
* Recruited by John Thurston to play at JMU
* Played three seasons (1988-91) at JMU under the legendary "Lefty" Driesell
* Member of two Dukes' teams that finished first in CAA regular-season play (1990, 1991)
* Played in two National Invitation Tournaments (1990, 1991)
* Graduated in 1992 with a degree in business management
* Part-time assistant coach for JMU’s 1993-94 men’s team that won the CAA Tournament and advanced to NCAA play
* Assistant coach at Virginia Military for four seasons (1994-98)
* Married the former Chrissy Stewart in 1998
* Assistant coach in JMU men’s program for four seasons (1998-2002)

* Switched to the JMU women's program as an assistant coach in 2002
* Named interim head coach on Dec. 6, 2002, when head coach Bud Childers was granted a leave of absence for medical reasons
* Named head coach on March 21, 2003
* Family includes daughters Kendyl (age 15), Chloe (13) and Gabby (8) and son Nicholas (23).
* Celebrates his 45th birthday in December 2013

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