November 9, 2010
Former UNCW coach and AD Bill
Bill Brooks, the long-time coach and athletic
director at UNC Wilmington, passed away on Monday afternoon at
the age of 88.
Brooks was the first AD for the Seahawks and held
the position for 40 years until his retirement in 1991.
A native of Wilson, N.C., played at Wake Forest
and Atlantic Christian (now Barton). He earned his degree from
Atlantic Christian in 1948 after serving in World War II.
Brooks arrived at UNCW, then Wilmington College,
in 1951 as athletic director, head baseball coach, head
basketball coach and chairman of the health and physical
He posted a record of 574-292-6 in 27 seasons as
head baseball coach. The Seahawks won national championships at
the junior college level in 1961 and 1963 and finished second in
1962. Brooks was NAIA National Coach of the Year in 1975 after
leading the Seahawks to the NAIA World Series.
Brooks was head basketball coach from 1951-63. He
led the Seahawks to the NJCAA National Tournaments in 1962 and
1963. His final team finished sixth in the nation in the NJCAA
As an administrator, Brooks led Wilmington
College into the NAIA in 1963 and to NCAA Division I in 1976.
UNCW joined six members of the ECAC South in 1985 to form the
Colonial Athletic Association, the school’s current conference
His name is on UNCW’s baseball facility, Brooks
Field. He was inducted into the National Junior College Baseball
Coaches Hall of Fame in 1990, the North Carolina Sports Hall of
Fame in 1993 and the UNCW Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998. In
1990, the athletic directors in the CAA determined that the
league’s regular-season MVP awards would be named in honor of
Click here to link to photo gallery and quotes on Bill Brooks