March 27, 2008
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Reggie Brooks, a former football All-America running back and graduate of the University of Notre Dame, has been hired for the new position of Manager for Monogram/Football Alumni Relations.
Brooks will work directly with both Jim Fraleigh, executive director of the Notre Dame Monogram Club, as well as Irish head football coach Charlie Weis on numerous projects related to the club and former football players.
"We are extremely excited to have Reggie join the staff of the Monogram Club," said Fraleigh. "Reggie brings with him a very unique background and skill set that will benefit the club in many ways. His experiences as a successful football player, both at Notre Dame and on the professional level, combined with his time as an employee of the University will serve him well in his new role."
"Reggie has the personality and drive to make a significant impact within our organization," said current Monogram Club president Marc Kelly. "This hire is not only a tremendous addition to our entire membership, but specifically within the membership of former football players. He is a perfect choice to bridge and develop the relationship between the different generations of Notre Dame football."
"I'm really pleased we could hire someone like Reggie Brooks for this position," said Weis. "His personality, attitude and loyalty to the Notre Dame family will be a tremendous asset to our program. I'm looking forward to working with Reggie and confident that he'll be a great fit."
Brooks spent the past four years working with the Notre Dame Office of Information Technologies as Administrator of Production System I. He also assisted with Notre Dame football pre and post-game shows, as well as the weekly coaches' radio show, for Notre Dame Sports Properties.
Brooks, a native of Tulsa, Okla., played under former Irish head coach Lou Holtz from 1989-92. Despite starting his career as a defensive back, Brooks eventually moved to tailback, was named second-team All-America and finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting after a stellar senior campaign ('92). Brooks rushed for 1,372 yards and scored 13 touchdowns that year. He averaged 122.1 yards per game and an even more impressive 8.0 yards per carry as the Irish went 10-1-1, including a 28-3 rout of Texas A&M in the 1993 Cotton Bowl.
Brooks remains quite visible throughout the Notre Dame record book. His career average of 7.6 yards per rush remains a school record, while his 1,372 yards rushing in '92 ranks third-best in single-season school history. Brooks' 227-yard game against USC on Nov. 28, 1992, ranks as the fourth-highest single-game rushing effort in school history. He also ranks among the top 10 in the following single season categories: yards per rush (second at 8.0, `92), yards rushing per game (third at 122.1, '92), 100-yard rushing games (eighth with five, '92) and rushing touchdowns (eighth with 13, '92).
Brooks played four seasons in the NFL, predominantly for Washington (1993-95), after the Redskins selected him in the second round of the '93 NFL draft (45th overall pick). He finished with 1,726 career rushing yards, including 223 attempts for 1,063 yards as a rookie in '93. He was named to the NFL's '93 all-rookie team by the Pro Football Writers of America. Upon retirement from the NFL, Brooks worked with The Nordam Group in Tulsa for six years as a PC network technician and system business analyst. Prior to taking the job at Notre Dame, he was the IT Network Specialist for Union Public Schools in Tulsa. Brooks also previously served as an assistant coach for the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe and as an intern for the Indianapolis Colts.
Brooks received his bachelor's degree in 1999 from Notre Dame in management information systems.