|Defiance College has hired Kyle Brumett as its new head coach for the men’s basketball program. Brumett is set to begin his post with the Yellow Jackets on May 19.
Brumett, who was selected out of a pool of over 160 candidates, will come to Defiance after leading his Lakeland College squad to a 33-22 record and a 2008 Northern Athletics Conference Tournament championship during his two-year tenure with the Muskies.
Brumett guided Lakeland to a 17-11 record this past season and entered the NAC Tournament as the sixth seed, before logging three-straight road victories over the top three teams in the league to claim the title. The impressive tournament run concluded with a thrilling 82-77 overtime victory over the top-ranked team in the conference.
Along with his time as the Lakeland head coach, Brumett has also worked the sideline as an assistant for DePauw, Southern Indiana and Hanover and has 11 years of collegiate coaching experience.
Prior to accepting his first collegiate head coaching stint at Lakeland, Brumett spent seven years as the top assistant at DePauw University. The Indiana native helped the Tigers to a 121-62 record, three Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championships and an appearance in the 2001-02 NCAA Division III Tournament’s Elite Eight.
Brumett has also spent time at the University of Southern Indiana during the 1998-99 campaign, where he assisted current Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl. The Eagles posted a 26-6 record and were the top-ranked team in NCAA Division II throughout the majority of the year.
Along with his clear ties to the region, the 1998 Hanover College graduate will bring a strong familiarity of the Heartland Conference with him to the Defiance bench. Brumett served as a student assistant coach when his playing career came to and end under HC’s legendary head coach Mike Beitzel.
Brumett will be taking over a Yellow Jacket team which won the HCAC regular season championship and advanced to its second-straight HCAC title game. Defiance has won 36 games over the past two seasons and will lose only two seniors as it looks toward another strong campaign in 2008-09.
Brumett graduated from Hanover with a degree in physical education, before earning a master’s degree in recreation and sports management from Indiana State University in 2004. He and his wife, Steffanie, have a year-old son, Leon Maxwell.