Men's Basketball Coaching Staff
Kyle Brumett is in his fifth season as the head coach for the men’s basketball program at Defiance College, after taking over the post on May 19, 2008. Brumett also took on added responsibilities as an assistant athletics director in the spring of 2012.
The first four years of Brumett’s tenure with the Purple and Gold have been rich with accomplishments and accolades for the program that has now went six-straight seasons without suffering a losing record. Brumett boasts a 67-40 overall record with the Yellow Jackets and his .626 winning percentage at Defiance marks the third-highest career winning percentage of any coach in program history with at least 50 victories. His DC squads have been especially tough to beat on the home planks, where Defiance is 39-11 inside the Karl H. Weaner Community Center during the Brumett era.
In 2009-2010 Brumett guided DC to one of the finest seasons in school history, as its 23-6 clip gave Defiance its best single-season record and highest win total of the program’s NCAA Division III era. The Jackets got off to their best start since 1973 and rolled to the program’s 1,300th victory in school history, 15th 20-win season, 26th conference championship, fourth NCAA Tournament appearance and 34th postseason berth.
The conference title came via a thrilling, 70-65, victory against the top-seeded Anderson Ravens in the championship game of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament. The win capped an eight-game win streak that sent the Jackets into the NCAA Tournament, where they fell, 75-71, against No. 8 UW-Whitewater in the opening round.
Brumett has already coached 12 Yellow Jackets to All-HCAC honors in his four years, and saw Nick Sales named as the HCAC Player of the Year and an Honorable Mention All-American following the 2009-2010 campaign. Brumett also helped one of his athletes be named all-region in each of his first three seasons at Defiance, as Anthony Pettaway accomplished the feat in 2009, with Sales doing so in 2010 and Logan Wolfrum following in 2011.
Brumett came 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 stint with the Muskies.
Brumett guided Lakeland to a 17-11 record during the 2007-2008 campaign 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 an, 82-77, overtime victory over the top-seeded Aurora squad.
Along with his time as the Lakeland head coach, Brumett has also worked the sidelines for 11 years combined as an assistant coach, or student assistant for three different programs in the collegiate ranks.
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 2001-2002 NCAA Division III Tournament’s Elite Eight.
Brumett also spent time at the University of Southern Indiana during the 1998-1999 campaign, where he assisted former 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.
The Hanover College graduate got his coaching career started by serving as a student assistant coach for the Panthers when his playing career came to an end under HC’s legendary head coach Mike Beitzel. Brumett graduated from Hanover with a degree in physical education in 1998, before earning a master’s degree in recreation and sport management from Indiana State University in 2004.
He and his wife, Steffanie, have a five-year old son, Leon Maxwell, a two-year old son, Marcus David and a newborn son, Monte Cole.