Former Kalamazoo coach dies

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Terrance Brooks coached at three Division III schools, including a three-year stint as the head coach at Kalamazoo.
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The Sacramento State athletics department is saddened to announce the passing of director of strength and conditioning Terrance Brooks on Monday, June 13.

Brooks was the head coach at Kalamazoo from 2005-07 and was previously an assistant coach at Shenandoah and Bridgewater (Va.).

"The Kalamazoo College community was stunned to learn of the sudden passing of Coach Terrance Brooks," said Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, the college's president. "We extend heartfelt sympathy to his wife and family. Coach Brooks was a class act. His high expectations for outstanding performance on the field and for outstanding sportsmanship and moral character both on and off the field had a tremendous impact on the Kalamazoo College football program and on the young men with whom he worked. "

"Terrance was a great man in every sense of the word," Shenandoah coach Paul Barnes said. "He was a terrific football coach but an even better example for our young men.

"The world lost a great guy yesterday and we will miss him."

"My thoughts and prayers go to Terrance's family at this time," Sacramento State athletic director Terry Wanless said. "Terrance was a special person who I had had the honor of working with since he was a student-athlete. He was a valuable member of our staff and a man that everyone looked up to and respected. He will be deeply missed."

Brooks joined Sacramento State in February 2009 and spearheaded the transformation of the strength and conditioning program. One of the biggest supporters of the department, Brooks could regularly be found in the stands or on the sidelines at most Sacramento State sporting events.

Prior to coming to Sacramento State, Brooks was the head strength and conditioning coach for football, women's volleyball, men's swimming, and men's and women's golf at Division I Towson.

A former Div. II All-American in football at Towson, Brooks played on the offensive line for the Tigers from 1981-84 — where Wanless served as the defensive coordinator. He helped lead Towson to the NCAA Div. II quarterfinals as a junior and to the semifinals as a senior. He was inducted into the school's athletic hall of fame in 2011. Brooks also competed in track and field where he was the East Coast Conference champion in the discus.

After an injury cut his professional football career short, Brooks began competing in weightlifting. He was a four-time world and five-time national Drug Free Powerlifting champion. Brooks was a member of the United States team which won the gold medal at the 2007 North American Powerlifting Championships.

He is survived by his wife, Dana.