Throws: R | Bats: R
Experience: 13 Seasons
Hometown: Corvallis, OR
Alma Mater: Oregon State University
The most successful head coach in West Coast League history, Brooke has skippered the Knights to eight WCL championships in his 13-year tenure at the helm. He captured his first title as a rookie head coach in 2008, and added subsequent crowns in 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021.
He also directed the Knights to seven consecutive West/South Division regular-season titles from 2008-14, and to South Division regular-season first-half titles in 2016, 2017 and 2021 and second-half titles in 2017, 2018 and 2021. The Knights have advanced to the WCL Championship Series 12 times in his 13-year tenure, and have qualified for the playoffs every season.
Brooke earned WCL Coast League Coach of the Year honors in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2017, 2019 and 2021. His 13-year record is 570-242. The Knights won the WCL’s Jim Dietz Sportsmanship Award in 2008, and shared it with Wenatchee in 2016.
Brooke played college baseball at Linfield, Oregon State and at Western Oregon, and for the Knights during the summers of 1991, 1992 and 1994.
No relation to the Knight family, Brooke played professionally in the Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates organizations. Brooke also played football at Linfield and OSU and played and coached baseball professionally in Australia.
Brooke coached the Perth Heat to back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012 in the Australian Baseball League. After a season off, he returned to coach the Adelaide Bite in 2013-14 and in 2014-15. The Bite won the 2015 regular-season title before losing to Perth in the championship finals. He returned to coach the Heat for the 2019-20 season, and was an assistant coach for Boral Team Australia in 2020 during the KBO Challenge.
He also assisted legendary Corvallis Richey’s Market American Legion coach Dick McClain for six seasons, and scouted in the San Diego area for the Montreal Expos (2001) and the Florida Marlins (2002-2003).
Brooke is a native of Corvallis and a graduate of Crescent Valley High School and Western Oregon. The CEO of Knight Financial Home Loans, he lives in Corvallis where his son, University of Portland and former Corvallis Knights catcher and West Coast League MVP Briley Knight, was a baseball and football standout at Crescent Valley.
Assistant coach Youngjin Yoon has been with the Knights since the 2016 season.
A veteran of over 10 seasons with the Lotte Giants in South Korea’s highest level of professional baseball – the Korean Baseball Organization – Yoon has worked in the United States since 2009, where he was mentored by former Riverside City College head coach Dennis Rogers, a longtime partner of the Knights.
Yoon’s hybrid training philosophy merges the conventional power pitching approach used in American baseball with the precision and detail-oriented style popular in Southeast Asia.
He specializes in strength, conditioning, mental awareness, cognitive preparation, dietary habits, and skill-set development. “Master Yoon”, as he’s endearingly known to Knights players and fans, is an energetic and uplifting presence at the ballpark and has been the Knights first base coach since 2017.
Yoon, his wife, and two daughters live in southern California. Yoon was an assistant coach at Linn-Benton Community College in 2018 and at Cal State Bakersfield in 2019, and is currently serving as the pitching coach for Bushnell University in Eugene.
Second-year Umpqua CC assistant baseball coach Beau Kerns joins the Corvallis Knights coaching staff in 2021 as the team’s new pitching coach. Beau has both pitched and coached in the West Coast League. He pitched for former Knights associate head coach Ed Knaggs in 2012 and 2013 for the Wenatchee AppleSox and spent the 2014 summer pitching for the Yakima Valley Pippins.
This is Kerns second stint as a pitching coach in the WCL as he was Yakima Valley’s pitching coach for three seasons, 2017-2019. Following his collegiate playing career at Wenatchee Valley College and Lewis-Clark State College, he pitched in the independent professional baseball Frontier League 2015-2016.
From Lewiston, Idaho, Kerns won a NAIA title for his hometown Warriors in 2015, and earned World Series MVP honors.
David Tillotson joins the Corvallis Knights coaching staff in 2021 following his second spring as UC Santa Barbara’s Director of Analytics, a title he’s held since January, 2020. He first joined the Gauchos in the summer of 2019.
Before coming to Santa Barbara, Tillotson served as both a high school teacher and baseball coach for three years at Cleveland Central High School in Cleveland, Mississippi.
Tillotson attended the University of Washington from 2014-2016 where he earned his B.S. in general biology while also serving as an undergraduate manager and video coordinator for Husky Baseball.
Prior to UW, the Oak Harbor, Washington native played college baseball at Centralia College in Centralia, Washington.