Ethan Brooks '96, 9-year NFL veteran returns, to Williams as asst. strength & conditioning coach

Ethan Brooks pressures Trinity QB in 1995
Ethan Brooks pressures Trinity QB in 1995

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – One of the finest all-around athletes to wear Williams College purple is returning to the Berkshires to serve as the Ephs assistant strength and conditioning coach. Ethan Brooks made quite a name for himself on the Williams College campus in earning All-America honors nine times between starring in football and indoor and outdoor track & field. He was named the male Purple Key winner at Williams in 1996 as the school’s top graduating athlete.

“We’re happy to have Ethan onboard and back at Williams College,” stated Williams Athletic Director Lisa Melendy.  “The Brooks family has a distinguished history at Williams, and we are pleased that Ethan was able to come back and  work in the Athletic Department.”

Ethan Brooks '96
9-year NFL veteran

Ethan’s sister, Rebecca ’00, was an All-American in soccer, basketball and outdoor track & field, while his older brother Fletcher is currently the head coach of the Ephs men’s and women’s track & field teams.

On his last throw of the 35 lb. weight at the 1996 NCAA Indoor Championships Brooks broke the NCAA Division III record with a heave of 63’ 8 ¾” and later that spring he won the NCAA hammer throw (194’ 2”).

A defensive lineman for the Ephs, Brooks was drafted in the seventh round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons, and converted to an offensive lineman. Brooks played nine years in the NFL with five teams:  Atlanta Falcons (1996), St. Louis Rams (1997-99), Arizona Cardinals (2000, where he was a teammate of Eph QB Sean Keenan ’00), Baltimore Ravens (2002-04), and the Dallas Cowboys (2005).

While with the Baltimore Ravens Brooks received an extended personal profile in John Feinstein’s book, Next Man Up, about the 2004 season. In 2004 in a win over the Cleveland Browns the ravens coaching staff gave Brooks the game ball for his efforts up front on the offensive line.

Brooks compiled a successful student-athlete/professional athlete career and has coupled it with hands-on experience with some of the most respected coaches in the world of football and strength & conditioning. Devoted to the craft of improving athletic performance and longevity, through various modalities, Brooks has earned certification in strength and conditioning and is continuing his ongoing education in the field.

Brooks earned a B.A. in psychology at Williams and later earned certifications as a Level I and II strength coach (Poliquin International Certification Program, 2010) and certified in standard first aid and CPR.

Brooks currently resides in Williamstown, MA.