Brooks Jones heads the LMU men's team for the fourth season after leading the Lions back to the Intercollegiate Rowing Association national regatta in 2008 for the first time since he was a participant in 1999.
In 2008, Jones took the LMU men to their third consecutive Parker Cup trophy, becoming the first school to win three straight since its inception over 25 years ago. Jones had his greatest success coaching the men's pair of Scott Wike and David Cronin, who repeated as medallists at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association and Pacific Coast Rowing Championships. Those results earned them a trip to the 106th IRA National Championship, where the pair finished seventh, beating out a field that included Georgetown, Brown, Yale, and Navy among others.
In 2007, the Lions repeated as winners of the Parker Cup and were invited to compete at the Windermere Regatta. Under the tutelage of Jones, Wike and Cronin won both a WIRA title and a PCRC title in the men's varsity pair.
In 2006, the Lions won five of six dual meets and placed in the Grand Final for every major regatta. The Varsity 8's trip to the Grand Final of the Pac-10 Championships marks the first time that they have finished in the top-5 since the mid 1980's. The 2006 season also marked the first time that the men's team had received votes for the top 20 ranking in the country. The Lions won five of six dual meets and placed in the Grand Final for every major regatta.
Along with head to head wins against UCLA, Santa Clara, USD, UCI, SDSU, and UCSB, the Lions captured the WCC trophy for the first time in program history.
As an assistant coach at USC starting in the fall of 2002, he helped to lead the Trojan freshman four to a silver medal at the IRA National Championships. From 2003 to 2005, Jones was the head coach of the high school boys program at the Newport Aquatic Center in Newport Beach, CA. At the NAC, Jones led the team to consecutive victories in the Southern California Challenge Cup series, the Long Beach Invitational, and the Southwest Regional Championships in the varsity quad. Along with other numerous wins, two of his rowers earned a bronze medal at the US Rowing Youth Invitational in the double.
As a rower at LMU, Jones was a four-year letter winner and four-year member of the varsity crew team. He earned the title of captain and most valuable rower twice over the time as well as serving as president of the Loyola Marymount Rowing Association. He also helped LMU place 8th in the varsity 4+ at the IRA National Championships in 1999. He is a 2002 graduate of LMU, with a degree in Business Marketing.
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