Clemson defensive line coach Dan Brooks announces retirement

Dan Brooks knows how to end a career on a high.
At Clemson’s victory parade on Saturday, the team announced the assistant coach would be calling it a coaching career following the national championship winning season.
Brooks, who spent 33 years in coaching, is set to retire.
“There has never been a coach that has been more committed or cares about his players more than Dan Brooks. Ever,” Swinney said, via TigerNet. “Dan is 65 and decided he wants to retire and go out on top. I tried to talk him out of it, but this is what he wants to do. Dan Brooks – you deserve this, brother. You deserve this.”
The team will already be facing a number of vacancies on the field and replacing an experienced position coach is no small task. Brooks was named “Assistant coach of the Year” by the American Football Coaches Association this season. His proficiency in producing top-tier talent can’t be understated and going out on top in Death Valley was the only fitting end to an illustrious, if unheralded coaching career.
In his eight seasons at Clemson the Tigers 82-25 and finished with double digit victories in six consecutive seasons. Brooks produced 30 NFL draft picks, seven of which were first round selections. He also coached three players which became All-Americans and an Outland Trophy winner.
Brooks’ replacement will likely be named sooner rather then later, as the focus will now shift towards recruiting the next crop of student-athletes. It’s difficult to sell continuity and winning culture when you can’t tell the student who will be his positions coach.

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