Elijah Brooks | University of Maryland

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Team: University of Maryland
Organization: NCAA Football
Position: Running Backs Coach

Biography

Elijah Brooks, who has spent the last eight years molding some of the nation’s best players for future success in the collegiate and professional ranks as the head coach of local powerhouse DeMatha Catholic High School, has joined the Maryland coaching staff in January 2019.

Brooks will join Michael Locksley's staff as the running backs coach. Brooks coached current Maryland running back Anthony McFarland Jr., who broke the program’s freshman rushing records this past season with 1,034 yards and four touchdowns, in high school.

In addition to McFarland, Brooks also coached current Maryland running back Lorenzo Harrison III, offensive lineman Terrance Davis, defensive back Tino Ellis, defensive lineman Austin Fontaine, offensive lineman Evan Gregory, offensive lineman Marcus Minor, defensive lineman Oluwaseun Oluwatimi and wide receivers Chris Jones and DJ Turner at DeMatha.

Under Brooks, a number of Stags have gone on to see NFL success, including linebacker Cameron Wake, safety Rodney McLeoud and offensive linemen Arie and Cyrus Kouandijo. 

As head coach at DeMatha, Brooks won four consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championships from 2014-17, posting a 72-20 record during that span. Before his stint as head coach, Brooks served as the running backs coach from 2007-11.

Brooks starred as a running back in college, racking up 3,025 rushing yards and 549 receiving yards at Kent State and William & Mary.

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