June 19, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Cowboy Joe Club, the fund-raising organization for University of Wyoming Athletics, announced on Thursday the hiring of Darrell Brooks as Development Officer. Brooks comes to UW from the University of Arizona where, for the past two years, he was a graduate assistant with the U of A Alumni Letterwinners Association. Prior to working in the Arizona Athletics Department, Brooks enjoyed an outstanding career as a safety on the Wildcat Football Team from 2002-05. He was a four-time All Pacific-10 Conference performer.
Brooks will oversee all donor relations in Southwest and Northwest Wyoming, including the counties of Sweetwater, Fremont, Park, Uinta and Washakie. In addition, he will coordinate all Cowboy Joe Club special event fundraising activities, including the Cowboy Joe Club Golf Series events and the Cowboy Joe Club auctions.
"I am completely honored and excited to be joining the University of Wyoming Athletics Department and the staff at the Cowboy Joe Club," said Brooks. "I have very closely followed Wyoming Athletics and have developed great admiration for its student-athletes, the fan base of the state of Wyoming and the traditions which make this university one of the best, not only in the Mountain West Conference, but across the country.
" I look forward to helping to continue the great success established by both Cowboy and Cowgirl Athletics and the Cowboy Joe Club, as well as maintaining the pride in the development of the fine young men and women who represent Wyoming Athletics"
"Darrell Brooks is an impressive young man who brings experience both in athletic administration and as a very successful college student-athlete," said Josh Rebholz, Associate Athletics Director for Development. "We are so excited to be able to have him join our program here at Wyoming.
"As a former student-athlete at the University of Arizona, he understands the need for scholarship funding and educational resources. I believe his leadership and experience will allow him to get along well with Cowboy and Cowgirl fans.
"The Cowboy Joe Club has made great strides in the last couple of years, and with the addition of Darrell, I think we will only continue to break fundraising records."
From August 2005 to December 2005, Brooks served as an intern in the Arizona Athletics Department under Athletics Director Jim Livengood. Beginning in August 2006, he was hired as a graduate assistant in the U of A Alumni Letterwinners Association. He reported to the Director of the Letterwinners Association, and assisted in development efforts with former Wildcat letterwinners and the "A" Club. In the summer of 2007, he apprenticed with Scott Shake, the Associate Athletics Director for major gifts at Arizona. From the fall of 2006 up until his move to Wyoming, Brooks was a member of the NCAA Self-Study Steering Committee within the Arizona Athletics Department. That committee oversaw three subgroups that were involved in Arizona's NCAA certification process.
Brooks graduated from Arizona in December of 2004 with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and a minor in business administration. He later completed his master's degree in public administration from U of A in May 2008.
In addition to being an All Pacific-10 Conference performer on the field in 2005, Brooks was also a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, which honors the nation's top defensive back each season, and he was a semifinalist for the Ronnie Lott Award, which honors college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year each season. In the classroom, Brooks was a national semifinalist for the National Football Foundation's Draddy Trophy, which honors the top collegiate scholar athlete each season. He was also a two-time Academic All PAC-10 honoree, and received a PAC-10 Postgraduate Scholarship. Brooks was elected a team captain both his junior and senior seasons.