Thomas Brooks Returns To Lead Jasper

Thomas Brooks is a coach who has known success at all of his high school coaching stops. Following a decision he made on Monday, Brooks will be looking for a second dose of success at Jasper High School, a program he led in 2000-01. Brooks submitted his resignation and met with his players at Tyler John Tyler to tell them he was leaving.

"This was the hardest one," Brooks was quoted as telling KTBB, a Tyler radio station. "I thought it would never be more difficult than when I left Jasper, but today was one of the hardest days of my life. This decision will also allow me to be closer to my mom, and that's a big deal at this time. I've never been an athletic director either, and that opportunity is also there for me in Jasper."

Brooks makes the move after leading the Lions the past two seasons. The winning tradition had come grinding to a halt before Brooks arrived at John Tyler. His team went 8-3 in 2005 but last season dropped to 4-7 and a first round exit in the playoffs.

Brooks replaces Danny Lauve at Jasper, who actually replaced Brooks in 2002. Lauve led the Bulldogs to the Class 3A Division II state championship game in 2004 and has since moved on to Elgin.

After coaching at Jasper those two years, Brooks took the head coaching position at Beaumont Ozen, where he remained through 2004. Brooks also coached at Waxahachie for five years.

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