Frank Brooks '46

Frank Brooks was the instrumental force behind the addition of lacrosse as a varsity sport following World War II.

After serving in the Navy, Brooks returned to school in early 1946 and began talks of forming a lacrosse team. He represented W&L at the US Lacrosse National Convention in New York City that spring and pieced together a schedule that included Yale, Duke, Virginia, Loyola and Maryland and would serve as Washington and Lee’s first season of varsity lacrosse in the spring of 1947.

That season, Brooks served as a player-assistant coach and helped lead the Generals to a 4-4 overall record, including wins over Yale, Virginia and Loyola.

Following the season, Brooks earned a major monogram for his efforts as player-coach, the first lacrosse player to do so. Additionally, he was selected to the Honorable Mention All-America squad as a midfielder, also a first for a Washington and Lee lacrosse player. He also was invited to participate in the Annual North-South All-Star Lacrosse game.

Brooks returned to the squad in 1948, serving as team captain and leading the Generals to a 5-2 overall record and a pair of wins over Virginia.

Brooks was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa in 1948 and serves the University as a Trustee Emeritus.