Utah State Introduces Wesley Brooks As 10th Women’s Basketball Head Coach

Apr 2, 2024, 1:31 PM

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LOGAN,  Utah – The Utah State Aggies and Vice President and Director of Athletics Diana Sabau introduced former Ohio State assistant coach Wesley Brooks as the next  women’s basketball head coach on Tuesday, April 2.

The Aggies settled on Brooks after Kayla Ard was dismissed after USU went 5-25 in 2023-24. Utah State was 24-90 in Ard’s four seasons leading the program.

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“During this process, we determined that we needed a head coach with energy and passion of the highest character for both programs,” Vice President and Director of Athletics Diana Sabau said of the search process. “Someone who truly cares about developing talent and developing people. Not just in the field of competition, but in everyday life.”

“I’m looking forward to establishing a program that everybody here can be proud of,” Brooks said after being introduced. “You can expect us to play hard. You can expect us to play fast. You can expect us to play smart and to play together.”

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Brooks stressed the importance of preparing student-athletes for life after athletics.

“Every day, the staff and I will look to empower, compete, and conquer. We empower by building up the skills of our student-athletes so that they can go out and conquer on and off the court. Despite the changing landscape of college athletics, I still believe in preparing student-athletes for four years so that they can be successful for the next 40 years of their life.

About Wesley Brooks

A Richmond, Virginia native, Brooks began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at West Virginia. After three years with the Mountaineers, he made stops at Robert Morris (2008), Texas Southern (2009-11), North Texas (2012-15), Utah (2015-17), and Michigan (2018-21) before spending the last three seasons as an assistant coach with the Ohio State Buckeyes.

In three seasons with Brooks in Columbus under head coach Kevin McGuff, the Buckeyes went 79-21 overall and 42-12 in conference play.

“I am thankful and honored that Diana and President (Elizabeth) Cantwell have given me the opportunity to lead the Utah State women’s basketball program,” said Brooks. “I am excited and look forward to establishing a program that Aggie nation can be proud of. Our goal is to win championships. Yohanna, Elsa and I look forward to settling into the Logan community.”

Brooks is married to his wife, Yohanna, and has one daughter, Elsa. 

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Utah State Introduces Wesley Brooks As 10th Women’s Basketball Head Coach