Chris Brooks was named an assistant coach of Arkansas Gymnastics by head coach Jordyn Wieber on Friday, May 17, 2019. Brooks joins the Razorbacks after serving as an assistant coach for the men’s team at his alma mater, Oklahoma, last year.
“Chris Brooks will be an incredible addition to this coaching staff,” Wieber said. “He has the knowledge, passion and energy that this program needs to continue growing. He truly cares about the development of the athletes he coaches, both as athletes and people.”
Brooks and the Oklahoma men’s program put together a phenomenal year in 2019, winning 19-straight meets, including the MPSF Championship for the eighth consecutive season. OU saw their streak of 121-straight victories come to an end at the NCAA Championships, earning a runner-up spot to conclude the year, leaving the meet with 11 All-America honors.
Before his return to Norman, Brooks spent a year as an assistant coach at Nebraska, leading the women’s vault and floor squads. The Huskers picked up the outright Big Ten All-Around title from Megan Schweihofer on a career-best score of 39.525, while also sharing the floor (Schweihofer), vault (Taylor Houchin) and beam (Grace Williams) crowns en route to a second-place team finish. Nebraska wrapped the season with its best finish since 2014, placing sixth at the NCAA Super Six with eight All-America accolades and the team’s highest overall score in five years at 197.525.
“I’m honored to be joining the Razorback family and Jordyn’s staff,” Brooks said. “I’m really excited about where Jordyn wants to take this program and can’t wait to assist her in building on the great foundation that is Arkansas Gymnastics.”
Brooks has an elite background as a competitor, earning seven NCAA All-America honors, two national championships as a student-athlete at OU in 2006 & 2008 and was a four-time U.S. individual event national champion. He made his Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 after serving as an alternate on the 2012 U.S. team in London and was named team captain of the U.S. Men’s Olympic gymnastics team for the Rio squad.