Brooks to help coach UCLA water polo
Brandon Brooks, a 1999 graduate of Punahou School who went on to play water polo for UCLA, has been added to the Bruins' water polo staff, head coach Adam Krikorian announced yesterday.
Brooks, a three-time All-American at UCLA and a former Olympic goalkeeper, will work with goalkeepers on the men's and women's teams.
Brooks, UCLA's career leader in saves with 700, helped the Bruins win national titles in 1999 and 2000. He was an undergraduate assistant for the men's team when it won the national title in 2004.
"Brandon brings a wealth of knowledge to the goalkeeping position, and all of our current goalies will benefit immediately. However, his impact on both programs will extend far beyond that position," Krikorian said. "His experience at the highest level, combined with his infectious personality, will help foster a successful environment."
Brooks has competed for the U.S. National team at the FINA World Championships and Pan American Games in 2003. In 2004, he was in goal for the United States at the Sydney Olympics.
CAMPING AT CASTLE
An NFL Junior Player Development camp will be held Monday through next Saturday at Castle High School.
The free camp, open to players from ages 12 to 14, will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekdays and from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on July 29.
There is no weight limit for campers, who must provide a copy of their birth certificate, parental permission and NFL waiver form and proof of a physical exam clearing them to play contact football.
Participants will receive a practice jersey, tote bag and mini football.
Registration forms can be picked up at Castle High's main office during business hours, or from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the school's football field. For information, call 292-4964.
JAPAN VS. HAWAI'I
Several elite softball teams from Japan will compete against teams of high school and college players from O'ahu Saturday and Sunday at Central O'ahu Regional Park.
From 1979 through 1995, tournaments were held annually between Hawai'i and Japan. The Hawai'i-Japan Softball Association and the Japan Private High School Softball Association have decided to renew the relationship.