Niki Brooks enters her second season as an assistant coach with the Green Bay women's soccer program in 2012. Brooks, who works closely with the team's goalkeepers, joined the Phoenix in April of 2011 following five years of college coaching experience in addition to four seasons as an NCAA Division I goalkeeper.

"Niki checked all the boxes that I was looking for in an assistant coach," Green Bay head coach Trevor Warren said at the time of Brooks' hiring. "She is a former Division I goalkeeper and has several years of experience coaching goalkeepers at the collegiate level. She also has a strong background in strength and conditioning, as well as speed and agility training. I'm very much looking forward to having Niki on our staff."

Brooks helped guide Green Bay to a strong defensive campaign in her first season in 2011. The Phoenix surrendered one or zero goals in 14 of its 18 contests in 2011 and gave up just 16 goals through its first 17 matches. She also helped develop standout goalkeeper Maddie Drusch, who finished her career as Green Bay's all-time leader in goals-against average (1.20) and saves (386) and second in shutouts with 16.

In 2010, Brooks was an assistant at the University of Idaho, where she served as the team's goalkeeper coach. The Vandals had arguably the best season in school history under Brooks' direction, setting program records for total wins (14) and conference wins (5) while qualifying for their first-ever conference tournament.

Defensively, Brooks' Idaho squad held opponents to a school-record-low .072 shooting percentage (23-321), allowed the third-fewest goals in school history (23) and had the school's second-lowest goals-against average (1.08). The Vandals also posted six shutouts and held 14 of 21 opponents to one goal or less.

Prior to her one-year stint at Idaho, Brooks coached goalkeepers at Pacific University for two seasons (2008-09) and was an assistant at Linfield College the two years before that (2006-07). From 2006-10, Brooks also worked as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at Portland State University.

Brooks played four seasons as a goalkeeper at Portland State (2002-05), where she led the Vikings to the 2004 Big Sky regular season conference title. She recorded seven shutouts in 2004, which ranks seventh in Big Sky history. At the end of her career, she ranked third all-time in shutouts, goals-against average, saves and saves per game. In all, Brooks played in 44 games, starting 39 times.

Brooks, a native of San Diego, Calif., earned a bachelor's degree in physical activity and exercise from Portland State in 2006, followed by her master's degree in secondary education in 2010.

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