Steve Brooks is in his second year as the Head Men's & Women's Tennis Coach at Emory & Henry College. Hired in February of 2016 to serve as Interim Men’s & Women’s Tennis Coach, Brooks was selected to head the program permanently in early April. Brooks brings more than 20 years of collegiate coaching experience, including 14 years at the NCAA Division I level.
In the 2015-16 season, Brooks coached Sveva Mazzari to earn ODAC Women's Tennis Player of the Year accolades and top 20 regional rankings from both the ITA and NCAA. The Wasps reached the semifinals of the 2016 ODAC Tournament, eventually falling to league powerhouse Washington and Lee University.
Most recently, Brooks has owned and operated the Tri-Cities Tennis Academy, based in Bristol, Tennessee. Over the past seven years, the academy has produced junior players winning more than 70 state championships, six high school state championships, and 10 USTA Southern Section Championships. His players are beginning to reach college age and are receiving scholarships to NCAA Division I and II programs.
Brooks also served as Director of Tennis, Fitness and Aquatics at the Country Club of Bristol from 2010 to 2015. While there, he was responsible for all aspects of the tennis program and facility. He also managed the pool and fitness rooms, equipment, trainers and lifeguards year-round.
From 2001 to 2010, Brooks was the Head Women’s Tennis Coach at East Tennessee State University. He inherited a program which had four coaches in the past four years and guided the Bucs to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. In each of the final five years of his time in Johnson City, Brooks’ teams played in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Finals. His teams also boasted high academics with 60 academic all-conference selections, 27 ITA Scholar-Athlete selections, six ITA All-Academic teams, a Fulbright Scholar and a NCAA Sportsmanship Award winner.
In addition to ETSU, Brooks has coaching stints at The Citadel, Wofford College, the University of Tennessee, the University of Arkansas and his alma mater, Carson-Newman College.
As a collegiate player, Brooks earned undefeated conference records in both singles and doubles all four years of college. The winningest player in C-N history with 200 victories, Brooks was ranked as high as No. 8 nationally in NAIA in 1984.
A native of Jefferson City, Tennessee, Brooks earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Carson-Newman in 1985. He completed his master’s degree in administration/recreation at Tennessee in 1989. Brooks currently resides in Bristol.