Jim Brooks

Inducted: 1980

Best Known For: Athletic Director - Pan American College

High School Coach: Edinburg Regional College, Pan American College: 1948-1983, Kentucky


He was a diligent organizer and administrator who brought the Valley’s largest university into sporting prominence over a 35-year career that culminated in 1983.

Starting at what was then Edinburg Regional College in the late 1940s, Jim Brooks would eventually hire all the great coaches who helped establish the school as a power, including Sam Williams (basketball), Al Ogletree (baseball) plus Harry Meng and Don Russell (tennis).

Once an assistant coach for Paul “Bear” Bryant at Kentucky, Brooks was the last football coach in Bronc history (1948-50) and then took over as the university’s first athletic director, winning the Knute Rockne AD of the Year award and guiding the construction of the first major athletic facilities on campus.

During his tenure, the program evolved from NAIA to NCAA Division II and then Division I. Brooks is remembered as a great man who accomplished great things for the Broncs.