OWNER & HEAD TRAINER
Darren Brooks played Division I basketball at Southern Illinois University, where he became the first player in the history of the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) to win both Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons. Darren was also awarded MVC 1st Team All-Conference, All-Defensive Team, All-Tournament Team, and later earned a spot on the All-Centennial Team honoring the "50-Greatest" players. He finished his college career in the Top 10 in scoring, wins, rebounds, assists, steals, and 3-pointers made. After graduating from SIU with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Education, Darren went on to play in the NBA Summer League with the Dallas Mavericks and the NBA Development League in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After one season in the D-League, Darren spent several years playing professional basketball overseas in top leagues in Germany, Australia, Puerto Rico, Poland and Cyprus. In 2011, he was inducted into the SIU Hall of Fame for his achievements. In 2014, Darren was honored again by his alma mater, becoming a member of the Men's Basketball All-Century Team. Last but certainly not least, Darren was inducted into the Missouri Valley Hall of Fame in 2018.
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Danielle Brooks has been an active contributor to Brooks Basketball Academy since its inception. She is specifically responsible for developing and implementing the company's marketing plan, assisting with any event planning that highlights Brooks Basketball Academy services and securing partnerships and sponsors for the organization. Outside of Brooks Basketball Academy, Danielle possesses more than 15 years of progressive experience in driving strategic business growth and marketing initiatives for several companies in the retail and consumer goods industries--Dillards Inc., Michaels Stores, Macys Inc., Anheuser-Busch InBev, and Caleres, specifically. Prior to starting her career, Danielle earned a B.S. degree in Marketing from Alabama A&M University and later completed an MBA degree from St. Louis University's John Cook School of Business (2015).
DIRECTOR OF BASKETBALL OPERATIONS
Joe Green is currently the Assistant Head Coach at St. Mary's High School in St. Louis, MO, helping to lead his team to the Class 4 state (MO) championship game in 2019. Joe also spent one year as the Assistant Head Coach at Career Academy and the Head Coach at Compton-Drew Middle School from 2007-2014. He led the 8th Grade Boys Basketball Team to a winning record of 100-8 over the course of six seasons. Green began his playing career in 1993 as a member of the Riverview Gardens High School Varsity Basketball Team where he played all four years. He moved on after high school to play at the collegiate level at Harris-Stowe State University from 1997-1999.