A familiar face is now in charge of the University of West Georgia men’s and women’s cross country programs.
UWG Director of Athletics Daryl Dickey Tuesday announced the appointment of Tim Brooks as the Wolves’ new head coach for both cross country teams. Brooks succeeds Dr. Frank Butts, who stepped aside from the posts earlier this spring.
Brooks, a native of Powder Springs, was an outstanding performer during his running career at West Georgia. As a freshman he was a member of the UWG’s 1999 GSC Championship team, and was team captain during his senior season in 2004.
“I am very proud to be a part of the West Georgia family,” said Brooks. “We have an excellent tradition in cross country here, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to continue and build on that tradition.”
Though he has no head coaching experience, Brooks has served in the past as a volunteer assistant with the West Georgia program. He has also worked the past several years as an operations assistant for UWG Athletics. In that capacity he has done a variety of duties, concentrating primarily on game day operations and event management.
“We’re very excited to have Tim step into this position,” said Dickey. “He has done an excellent job for our department in the past, and I am confident that he will continue to build on the success and tradition of our cross country program.”
Beyond his enthusiasm over the appointment of Brooks, Dickey is also quick to compliment the efforts of Butts over the past four seasons.
“We are grateful for the jobs done by both Frank (assistant coach) Elizabeth Butts,” said Dickey. “They helped build our cross country program into one that we feel can continue to improve under Coach Brooks’ leadership.”
Brooks, who is 30, is a 2004 graduate of West Georgia, earning his bachelor’s degree in Sport Management. He also earned his master’s degree from UWG in Physical Education and Health in 2008.