BOYS BASKETBALL: Pierre Brooks looks forward to "new season" at Detroit Frederick Douglass |
DETROIT - In May, Detroit Southeastern hired Stefon Wilson as its new head boys basketball coach, replacing former head coach, George Ward, who left for Detroit Martin Luther King. Ward replaced Pierre Brooks, who is now the head man at Detroit Frederick Douglass. Nkwane Young reportedly left for Wayne Memorial, leaving the the Douglass job open.
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Brooks leaving King to coach a division foe in Douglass, which is just a few minutes away, is the latest news in what has a been a wild Detroit Public School League coaching carousel this off-season.
"I'm very excited about this new challenge," he said. "I look at is a new season for me, and an opportunity for me to move on. My season at King came to an end unfortunately, but with the administrative system over at Frederick Douglass, I believe I can have just as much success.
"I have a good relationship with the athletic director and principal at Frederick Douglass, so it was the right place for me."
Over the last few years, the Douglass have been one of the best basketball programs in the city, and made it all the way to the Breslin Center this previous season, before losing to Milan in the Class B semifinals. The Hurricanes expect to win, and Brooks believes he can keep that tradition going.
At King, he went 57-32 in four years, including a city title in 2012. So Brooks is no stranger to the league, and what it takes to win in Detroit.
"I have a track record for winning and developing kids in the city, even from my days at Northern," said Brooks. "I definitely believe we can win over at Frederick Douglass as well. It's an all boys school, so I think the guys would be more focused, and we wouldn't have to share the gym with the girls team, so I believe anything is possible."
Brooks' departure from King to Frederick Douglass wasn't didn't go as smoothly as he would have liked it. In fact, he wishes it wouldn't have happened at all. Brooks is class of 1991 graduate of King, and said it was a dream job for him, so having to leave his alma mater was tough on him.
"Of course I wanted to keep my job over at King, but it wasn't meant to be," Brooks said. "I built some relationships over there, and helped to develop a lot of kids there, who eventually went off to college somewhere.
"Sure we will have to play them next season, but at the end of the day it's all about competing, and we still have to play. I'm excited about my new beginning at Frederick Douglass, and once again, it's just a new season for me."
The Hurricanes lost a lot of talent from last year's team, but bring back one of the top class 2017 players in the state, in Keon Epps. Brooks will certainly have some work to do, but has experience as a player and coach in the league, which only helps his cause.
"I'm going to bring that never quit mentality to this team," he said. "I've proven that I can win in this league, and with hard work and dedication, anything is possible."
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