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Six days after the women’s basketball Twitter account announced the hire, Ohio State made it official that head coach Kevin McGuff will be adding former Michigan and Mississippi State assistant Wesley Brooks as an assistant coach.
“I am so excited to join Ohio State Women’s Basketball program,” Brooks said in the press release. “I believe Kevin McGuff is one of the best coaches in the country and the opportunity to learn from him and is exciting. Year after year, Kevin has Ohio State at the top of the Big Ten Conference and competing championships. In addition, I truly believe the state of Ohio is one of the deepest and richest states in the country when it comes to women’s basketball and I am excited to continue building relationships and keeping that talent at home.”
Brooks previously accepted a position as an assistant at Mississippi State on April 11 before ultimately joining the Buckeyes. Before that, he was an assistant coach on Michigan’s staff for four seasons, where he helped get the team to three NCAA tournaments, which would have been four if not for COVID-19 cancelling the 2019-20 tournament.
“I’m extremely excited to welcome Wes to the Ohio State women’s basketball family,” McGuff said in the statement. “His work ethic and positive energy will put him in position to have a big impact on our program.”
The hiring of Brooks fills one of the two assistant coaching gaps on Ohio State’s staff. Those were left by Simon Harris and Tamika Williams-Jeter, who departed for head coaching positions at East Tennessee State and Wittenberg, respectively this offseason.