Dr. Toby Brooks serves at the Director of Research and Education for the IYCA. A native of Golconda, Illinois, he completed his undergraduate studies in athletic training and was named one of the Top 25 Graduating Seniors at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He then accepted a graduate assistant athletic trainer position at the University of Arizona. At the U of A, he completed both his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Physical Education while working with the Wildcat women’s gymnastics, football, and baseball programs.
After completing his studies, Brooks has worked as a certified athletic trainer and/or strength coach with numerous professional, collegiate, and high school athletics programs, including the USA Baseball national teams, the Oakland Raiders, the Florida Firecats AF2 Football franchise, and the Southern Illinois Miners Frontier League Baseball team. He has published multiple articles and studies, and presents regularly at national and international conferences.
Brooks is currently an Assistant Professor in the Master of Athletic Training Program at the Texas Tech University Health Science Center in Lubbock and is Co-Founder and Creative Director of NiTROhype Creative. He is active in his church, and in his scant free time, he enjoys drawing, playing the drums, and spending time with his wife Christi, daughter Brynnan, and son Taye.