Scorebook Live’s Dan Dickau recently caught up with Kyle Brooks, head boys basketball coach at Prairie High School. Consistency is one way to describe coach Brooks and his program. You can always find them near the top of the Greater St. Helens League 3A standings and this year is no different.
Hometown: San Diego, California, and Coos Bay, Oregon
High school/college: Marshfield H.S. Coos Bay, Oregon; Multnomah University and Northwest University
Athlete in high school/college: Played basketball in college at Multnomah University
Coaching career: Head coach for 19 years at Prairie, 4 years at Woodland, assistant coach for 2 years at Lake Washington and 1 year at Portland Christian
Why did you get into coaching?
I love to compete and love the game of basketball. Wanted the opportunity to inspire athletes to grow on and off the court as a player and a person.
Outside of your current team/program, what are your coaching aspirations?
Coach high school basketball and support players and other young coaches along the way.
Who is your coaching mentor?
Jim Skagen, my college coach at Multnomah and my high school coach, John Johnson.
What is your greatest coaching resource?
Other coaches, watching basketball too, and attending clinics during the off-season.
Who is the best coach you’ve matched x/o’s with?
Bill Bakamus at Mark Morris and Curtis Eccles at Hoquiam.
Who is the best player you’ve coached?
Jessie Tricola (Woodland), Matt Conboy, Devin Uskoski, Orlandor Westbrooks, Scott Brooks, Adam Herman, Seth Hall, Preston Brooks, and current player Kam Osborn. Hard to pick one for sure and probably left a few out.
Who is the best player you’ve seen at the high school level in Washington?
Donald Watts at Lake Washington and Dan Dickau at Prairie.