Brooks Donald is in her first season with the Lady Eagle basketball program. She comes to Southern Miss after serving as the recruiting coordinator under Coach Joye Lee-McNelis last year. She also assisted with on-the-court coaching of the post players and monitored academic progress of the student-athletes.
Prior to her stint at Memphis, Donald was an assistant coach at Arkansas-Little Rock for three years. While at UALR, Donald was responsible for recruiting, scouting, monitoring academics and coached of the guards. She was named recruiting coordinator for the 2002-03 season.
The Jennings, La., native served as head girls' basketball coach at Saint Thomas More High School in Lafayette, La. She also founded her own basketball camp.
Donald has extensive coaching experience at the AAU level, having worked with the Acadiana Stars from 1995-2000. In 1999, she also coached the Mississippi Pride 17-and-under team that participated in the National Tournament in Clarksville, Tenn. She also has worked various basketball camps at UALR, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State and Memphis.
Donald, 26, received her bachelor of science degree in education from Mississippi State in 2000 with an emphasis in sports communication. While at MSU, Donald was a member of the Lady Bulldogs for one year before a knee injury cut her collegiate career short. She also was a four-year letterwinner at Jennings High School. She is the daughter of David and Brenda Donald.