OU's Brook Connelly was named the 2011 ITA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
May 23, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. – University of Oklahoma women’s tennis assistant coach Brook Connelly was named the 2011 ITA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Connelly helped lead the Sooners to their second straight NCAA tournament where OU advanced to the second round for just the third time in program history.
“I am very happy that Brook received some national recognition for the outstanding work she has done these last three years,” OU Head Coach David Mullins said. “She is without a doubt the heart and soul of
this team and we are all extremely fortunate to work with her on a daily basis.”
Connelly joined the OU program in 2008 after finishing a stellar playing career at Notre Dame. Connelly was the 2008 ITA Midwest Region Senior of the Year as the team captain for the Fighting Irish.
“Brook is an outstanding role model for any young woman that is lucky enough to receive her mentoring and coaching,” Mullins added. “There is no doubt in mind that we would not have had the type of success we have achieved these last couple of years without all of Brook’s hard work and dedication.”
Connelly had a huge hand in reviving OU’s program, helping the Sooners to two of the most successful seasons in program history. OU recorded back-to-back seasons with at least 18 wins for the first time in seven seasons and for just the third time in program history.
OU finished third in the Big 12 in the 2011 season, its highest conference standing since 2004 when OU also finished third. The Sooners reached the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament for just the fourth time in history.
“Brook’s ability to communicate with student-athletes is second to none,” Mullins said. “She ensures that any athlete that comes through our program will have the best possible student athlete experience.”