Former Utah all-conference shortstop James Brooks is in his first year as a student assistant coach. Brooks was drafted in the 20th round to the Washington Nationals in 2012 (624th overall).
An honorable mention all-Pac-12 selection, Brooks hit .304 for the Utes as a senior in 2012, finishing second in the Pac-12 with 21 doubles. He was tied for fifth in the league with 10 home runs and 10th in the conference with a .529 slugging percentage.
Brooks was a second-team all-Mountain West Conference pick as a junior, finishing second in the league in batting average (.372). He was tied for eighth in the NCAA in doubles (26) and tied for second nationally in doubles per game (0.53).
Brooks transferred to Utah from Cochise College, where was a first-team all-region and first-team all-conference player.