In his career as defensive coordinator at Franklin & Marshall College under head coaches Bob Curtis and Tom Gilburg, Al Brooks compiled a 177-113-2 record and guided his team to the 1976 MAC South title; the 1986, 1987, 1988, 1993 and 1995 Centennial Conference titles; and the 1987 and 1989 ECAC titles. It was under Brooks' tutelage that every F&M defensive record was set.
In 1974, his team allowed just 13 yards on 48 plays in a game versus Swarthmore, while in 1993, his team set a College record by allowing just 170.6 yards of total offense per game. The 1994 defense held opponents to 48.8 yards of total rushing offense per game. Brooks has mentored four All-American, two Hall of Famers, two Academic All-Americans and saw two student-athletes move on to play professionally. In honor of Brooks, the Franklin & Marshall Defensive MVP Award was renamed after him in 2004. A 1960 graduate of Northwest Missouri, he was an All-Conference linebacker and end, while being named captain his senior year.