Bob Brooks, who was diving coach at the Coast Guard Academy for 41 years, passed away on June 26th.
He was a Coast Guard Academy Athletics Hall of Fame inductee in 2005 and was greatly admired by the athletes he coached. His retirement ceremony in 2011 was an indication of his long term impact on cadets as they graduated and became officers with attendees ranking from Admirals to Ensigns.
Coach Brooks coached NCAA All-Americans, New England champions and ECAC champions in his 41 year career at the Academy. He coached three divers to earning the New England Senior Award winner.
The commitment coach had to developing officers first and divers secondly was exemplary. He took great pride in helping cadets learn, evolve and mature while he was a part of their lives," said John Westkott, head coach of men's and women's swimming and diving teams at the Coast Guard Academy." He would get energized every year to reconnect at the start of each season, the divers kept him engaged and he was able to do the same for them. His dry wit, and sage advice kept the cadets motivated and working on improvement. On a personal level he was a good friend and kept me grounded. He will be sorely missed and fondly remembered."
Brooks is survived by his daughters Barbara and Charlene.
A wake will be held July 11th between 5-8 pm at the Nielan's Funeral Home in Niantic, Conn. with funeral services on July 12th at 11:00 am at St. Agnes Church Niantic.
More information on an honorarium will be forthcoming. An obituary will be published in The Day on July 8th.