Brooks brings NFL pedigree to Colby as new defensive line coach

WATERVILLE, Maine - Jason Brooks, with coaching experience in the NFL and NCAA Division I Florida International University, is the new defensive line coach for the Colby College football team.

Brooks worked with the Baltimore Ravens as an offensive assistant and offensive quality control from May 2009 to February 2013.  He worked with the wide receivers and running backs coaches during his time with the Ravens. Brooks was part of the 2012 Super Bowl champion team when the Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers.

Last summer, Brooks, a scouting assistant for the Miami Dolphins in 2007-2008, worked with Dolphins tight ends on a Bill Walsh NFL Diversity Coaching Fellowship.

“We are thrilled to have Jason on our staff. He has a diverse background with experience at many levels of football, as well having coached both offense and defense,” Colby head coach Jonathan Michaeles said. “He is a good fit for Colby and will do a great job coaching and recruiting.”

Brooks left the Ravens for Florida International as the defensive backs coach for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. He also had some special-team duties during his time with FIU. Brooks switched over to offense and coached the tight ends for the 2015 and 2016 seasons; one of his players earned all-conference honors both seasons.

A 2006 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Brooks was a student assistant coach for the Blue Raiders, working with running backs and special teams for the 2006 season.

He had his first coaching job at the NCAA Division III level at Norwich University as the wide receivers coach from July 2008 to May 2009.

Brooks’ late father, Clarence, coached 24 years in the NFL and 17 years in college. He was the defensive line coach for the Ravens (2005-2016), Dolphins (2000-2004), Cleveland Browns (1999), and Chicago Bears (1993-1998). Clarence Brooks, who died in Sept. 2016, also was an assistant coach for the University of Arizona, Syracuse University, and University of Massachusetts.

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