Kentucky women's basketball tabs Va. Tech's Kenny Brooks as new coach

Kentucky Women’s Basketball Hires Virginia Tech’s Kenny Brooks as Head Coach

In Lexington, Kentucky, the search for a new women’s basketball coach led Kentucky just over the state line, culminating in the appointment of Kenny Brooks. Announced by Virginia Tech, Brooks, who previously helmed the Hokies’ program, brings a commendable record of 180-82 (.687) over eight seasons, including a 76-70 record in ACC play. Under his guidance, the Hokies elevated their game, winning 75.9% (41-13) of their ACC games in the last three seasons and securing 25 of their last 27 home conference games.

Virginia Tech’s athletics director, Whit Babcock, reflected on Brooks’ tenure, praising his role in revitalizing the women’s basketball program. “Kenny, alongside his staff and players, fostered a culture of excellence both on and off the court. He was not only an exceptional mentor to the young women in our program but also a remarkable ambassador for our department and university,” Babcock stated. He expressed confidence in the program’s future trajectory, highlighting the potential impact of resources like NIL.

Brooks steps into the role previously held by Kyra Elzy, following her dismissal by UK athletics director Mitch Barnhart on March 11.

Recently, Brooks concluded a 25-8 season with Virginia Tech, a year that saw the team clinch its first-ever ACC regular-season title and advance to the NCAA Tournament’s second round. However, their aspirations for a deep tournament run were dashed when Elizabeth Kitley, a three-time ACC Player of the Year, suffered an ACL injury.

During the 2022-23 season, Virginia Tech claimed the ACC Tournament title, defeating Louisville in the championship game, and made its first Final Four appearance in program history.

Over 22 seasons as a college coach, Brooks has amassed more than 500 wins, boasting an overall record of 517-204 (.717). Before his tenure at Virginia Tech, he led James Madison for 14 seasons, securing six NCAA Tournament bids and winning four Colonial Athletic Association regular-season championships and five conference tournament titles.

A James Madison alum, Brooks played three seasons under Hall of Fame coach Lefty Driesell. He began his coaching career as a part-time assistant with James Madison’s men’s team in 1993-94, a team that won the CAA Tournament. Brooks also served as an assistant coach with the Virginia Military Institute men’s team before returning to James Madison’s men’s program and eventually being named the head women’s coach.

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