Challenging & Questioning = Next Level Success
Jen Brooks is a Certified Master Athletic Administrator and the 20-21 Missouri Athletic Director of the Year, the 2021-22 NIAAA Bruce Whitehead Distinguished Service Award recipient, the 2022 NIAAA State Award of Merit recipient and the 2022 St. Louis Business Journal’s Top 25 Most Influential Women in Business. She is the Athletic Director at Ursuline Academy in St. Louis, MO, serving in this position for the past 28years. Driven by a desire to encourage more women to get involved in the world of high school athletics, as well as to support these women and create an awareness piece for male allies, Jen founded the Global Community of Women in High School Sports. Recognition of her coaching, teaching, and leadership of the athletic programs, as well as her desire to help people to become better versions of themselves led to her appointment as the Mentor Program Coordinator for the Missouri Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (MIAAA).
The success of the Global Community of Women in High School Sports inspired Jen to begin her journey as a strategic thought partner. It is in this space that Jen works with high school athletic departments, athletic directors and coaches to become version of themselves through various forms of consultation and coaching.
Every person, every program at some point, needs a fresh perspective. We all at times require someone with no biases or history to a person or program to bring in new concepts, to question why we do what we are doing, to challenge our ways of thinking and doing. Jen Brooks will provide all of those things and more.
NFHS Citations are awarded to individuals whose contributions have impacted high school activity programs through their association with one of the following groups of professionals: state associations and NFHS staff, athletic directors, coaches, officials, music adjudicators and directors, and speech, debate and theatre directors.
One of 25 women from over 150 applicants to receive this award from the St. Louis Business Journal.
This award is presented annually to recognize one individual who has exemplified passion and leadership locally, statewide and/or nationally for the promotion of coach education.
The second female and first private school Athletic Director to receive this award in the 48 year history of the award.
Jen Brooks grew up without role models that looked like her. Today, she’s changing a woman’s perception in a predominantly male industry. Hear her story in this Emmy nominated episode of the Hudl Leaders series.