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Hanover's Brooks steps down as Wildcats athletic director

2013-07-01T21:00:00Z 2013-09-16T18:46:18Z Hanover's Brooks steps down as Wildcats athletic directorSteve Hanlon steve.hanlon@nwi.com, (219) 933-4198 nwitimes.com

The tenure of Jeff Brooks as Hanover Central's athletic director was a short, two years. But the outgoing Wildcats sports director's moves should have positive affects for years to come.

Brooks resigned at Hanover recently after he was hired as the new principal at Hebron Middle School.

"A lot has happened, wow," Brooks said on Monday.

First, Brooks led the move for Hanover to leave the Porter County Conference to join the Greater South Shore Conference, which will begin this upcoming school year.

Brooks also saw the dream of football at the school in Cedar Lake come to fruition. Hanover will play junior varsity football this fall, have its first varsity season in 2014 and will be tournament eligible in 2015.

Brooks was part of the administration that hired Robert Harrison as Hanover's first football coach since the program disbanded in the early 1970s.

Brooks led the 'Cats in the move from Class 2A to 3A, with the 2011-12 school year as their first in the larger enrollment grouping.

This spring the Wildcats softball program reached the 3A semistate.

Brooks brought in highly touted Bryon Clouse to lead Hanover's boys basketball program, also.

"It was an opportunity I've wanted to do for awhile," Brooks said of the principal's position. "It's also nice because it's an opportunity where I can go back to where I grew up."

Brooks graduated from Hebron in 1991. He played baseball, basketball and ran track for the Hawks. He went to Valparaiso University, where he pitched for the baseball team. He taught and coached at Hebron and Franklin Central before he went to Grimmer Middle School for 10 years.

Along with being Hanover's AD, Brooks was also an assistant principal. He said the job is posted as just an AD's position, which Brooks said is a positive.

"I think that's what the high school needs most," Brooks said. "There's too much going on to have people splitting jobs. I'm proud of what we accomplished in my time there. There are a lot of great people at the school and I wish them all the best in the future."

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