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Dan Brooks, 61, heads into his 36th season as the head coach of the Duke women’s golf team after capturing a remarkable seven national titles with the Blue Devils in the last 21 seasons. In addition to the exceptional national titles, Brooks lead the Blue Devils to 20 career Atlantic Coast Conference championships and 136 team wins – the most of any women’s golf coach in NCAA Division I history.
Brooks, a former star golfer at Oregon State and a self-proclaimed West Coast guy, flew to the East Coast in the mid-1980s, and was hired to lead the Duke women’s golf team, along with assistant coaching duties with Myers on the men’s side. The two golf coaches also ran the golf course operations.
Brooks wasn’t sure he could coach, or become a good teacher for that matter, saying he “hedged his bets” by taking the coaching job. However, he has since proved otherwise, having been named national coach of the year seven times while leading the Blue Devils to 17 top-five national finishes.
Brooks joins the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame 2020 class alongside Dorathy Dotger Thigpen. Together they highlight some of the most outstanding accomplishments women’s golf has ever seen across the area.