Michael Brooker stepped down as the boys basketball head coach at FPD on Friday after seven years at the helm.
Brooker cited an interest to spend more time with his family — he has two children and his wife Julie Brooker is the softball head coach at GMC.
“The decision to pursue other opportunities was very difficult, but I feel it is in the best interest of our family,” Brooker said.
Brooker’s Vikings struggled to a 3-20 record in 2013-14, but the squad had to deal plenty of adversity. Two expected starters choose not to play prior to the season, and one of FPD’s best two players transferred to Stratford in the middle of the season.
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Despite the rough record, the Vikings showed improvement down the stretch. They picked up two of their wins in the final five regular-season games and lost by six points to Landmark Christian and GMC and by 22 to Wilkinson County. Earlier in the season, GMC beat FPD by 25 and Wilkinson County beat the Vikings by 62.
“We appreciate Michael’s service to FPD for the last seven years — long hours and time away from home put heavy burdens on a good man like him,” FPD athletics director Greg Moore said.
Brooker is FPD’s only boys head coach since the school joined the GHSA.
“FPD provided me the opportunity seven years ago to coach the game I love to young people and to do my best to impact them positively both on and off the court,” Brooker said. “I will be forever grateful for the opportunity and have grown both personally and professionally during my time here.”
Brooker went to FPD after coaching at his alma mater, Brentwood. Considered one of the best players in GISA history, Brooker signed a basketball scholarship with North Carolina over Georgia and Georgia Tech.
Brooker was a member of three ACC championship teams and three Final Four teams.
Moore, Brooker’s predecessor, said a search is underway for the new coach.