Chris Brookshire has an extensive resume as a coach and an educator spanning 25 years of service. A Western North Carolina native, Brookshire rejoined the WCU football coaching staff during the spring of 2019 after coaching at nearby Mars Hill University where he worked with the fullbacks and tight ends in 2018.
His first stint with the Catamount football program came as an offensive quality control role on Mark Speir’s staff in 2014 -15 before he returned to the high school coaching ranks at Smoky Mountain High in Sylva.
Brookshire played a major role in turning around Smoky Mountain’s football fortune. The Mustangs had not had a winning season in over 17 years (1999-2016) before a 7-5 mark in 2016. Over his two years at the helm, Smoky Mountain ranked among the most explosive offense in the mountains, breaking every school record in that span.
Brookshire’s coaching experience includes a head coaching stop at Erwin High in Asheville for five seasons, guiding the program to a playoff appearance in 2006 – the school’s first in a four-year span. While at Erwin, he coached WCU’s current offensive line coach, John Holt. Brookshire was also the head coach at John Battle High in Bristol, Va., in 2008.
Brookshire starred as a receiver and defensive back at Tuscola High School in Waynesville, N.C., before earning a football scholarship to Wingate. Brookshire transferred to Western Carolina where earned Academic All-Southern Conference honors in track and field as a sprinter. He graduated from WCU in 1993.
Brookshire and his wife, the former Heather Silver, have two children, Tanner and Taylor Grace.