There will be a new football coach on the gridiron at Galt High School next year. Mervin Brookins has accepted the position as head coach and is already meeting and working with prospective players.
“I wanted to have my own program,” says Brookins, newly hired head football coach at Galt High School. “And meeting my team along with the administration and committee members has been a great experience. Spring training starts May 2, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Brookins has over 20 years’ experience with football if you count his high school days. He graduated from Florin High School in 2003 and played two years at Sacramento City College as a corner back and wide receiver. During that time, he earned number one return specialist and number one free safety for California community colleges.
Then a life-changing car accident altered his life. His doctors told him he should give up football and not play again, but giving up isn’t in his nature. He totally believes in the Lord and wouldn’t give in. Slowly he brought himself back to the point where he was offered a scholarship at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas. That college is in the NAIA conference.
From there he had a seven-year Arena career with three different teams: the Stockton Lightning, San Jose Saber Cats, and Spokane Shot who became Arena champions. Then COVID came along and everything stopped.
However, he did create an AAU football club. That team played four games.
Brookin’s coaching career started at Grant High School where he was an assistant. Then he was hired for the Foothill High School coaching job, his first opportunity to run his own program. He’s proud to say that his entire team had a 3.0 scholarship average.
After COVID, he returned to Grant High School as an assistant but was anxious to have his own program, which is why he’s thrilled to be at Galt High. He will be a peer educator at the high school while he is getting his B.A. at National University majoring in psychology and sociology.
“I want to paint the city of Galt RED,” he says. “It’s going to be a new day.” He’s going to bring Texas-style football to the program and wants to thank the administration for having confidence in him.
Galt High Principal Kellie Beck is looking forward to the knowledge Brookins brings to the program.
“We are excited to have Mervin Brookins as our new head football coach,” said Beck. “Merv brings a lot of knowledge, passion and enthusiasm to our program. I believe he will be great for our student athletes and community.”