July 24, 2021

Douglass Pierre Brooks named coach of the year

Detroit Douglass basketball’s Pierre Brooks has been selected as the 2021 Detroit High School Sports Awards’ coach of the year.

With just 77 boys in the school, Brooks captured the Division 4 state championship in his seventh year at Douglass. A 1991 graduate of Detroit King, Brooks also played at Highland Park Community College and Lane College.

In 2012, he coached King to the Public School League championship. He has a 193-100 in his 17-season coaching career. Making this championship more meaningful is that the best player on Douglass’ team was Brooks’ son, Pierre II, who also won the Hal Schram Mr. Basketball award and will play at Michigan State.

I’ve never said this to him personally, but Pierre is the best player I’ve ever coached, his father said after the championship game. I’ve been coaching for 22 years, and the work that he puts in on his own and the dedication he has to get better is amazing. I’ve never had a kid like him and he just so happens to be my son, so this moment is really special for me.

And when Brooks used the word coached, he wasn’t kidding. He was more than willing to put in countless hours helping his son become the best player in the state.

His level of improvement every year, he got better at something each year, the elder Brooks said. We really worked on him being mentally tough, mentally strong and taking coaching.

Going into his 11th-grade year we wanted him to get faster, stronger so he really dedicated himself to going into the weight room, running on the track. This year he was just self-motivated. It was not having to tell him it was time to get up shots. He’s really been self-motivated to get better and take more of a leadership role.

The fellow finalists for the awards were Ann Arbor Pioneer girls cross country coach Nancy Boudreau and Grosse Ile boys soccer coach Jon Evans.