Doc Brooks no longer coach of Pacelli baseball team

dmitchell@ledger-enquirer.comApril 15, 2014 

Doc Brooks is no longer the coach of the Pacelli baseball team, the school confirmed on Tuesday.

Per school regulations, they would not comment about the manner of his exit, only that the team was in the charge of assistants Nate Folds and Carlo Brena for the remainder of the season.

Brooks, who was hired as the team’s coach last September, led the team to a 3-15 record during his short stint as the coach.

He took over for former coach Justin Newman after spending 2008-11 as an assistant with Central High.

Brooks was also an elite outfielder from Central High and played three seasons with the University of Georgia, during which he hit .284 with 45 home runs and 145 RBIs. At Central, he batted .446 with 21 homers and 84 RBIs over his last two seasons.

He was a seventh-round draft pick in the 2001 Major League draft and split six minor league seasons between the San Diego Padres’ and the Colorado Rockies’ organizations.

His professional career ended in 2008 with the Joliet Jackhammers of the Northern Independent League, where he was coached by former New York Met Wally Backman.

As a player, Brooks faced a 50-game suspension after testing positive for a drug of abuse in 2007 after being released by the Rockies in his final stint in the minors.

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