Lakeland begins search for new mens basketball coach
Athletics - posted on 5/6/2008
Kyle Brumett, who in his second season led the Lakeland College's men's basketball team to the Northern Athletics Conference tournament title, resigned Tuesday. He has been named head men's basketball coach at Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio.
The Muskies were 33-22 in Brumett's two seasons, 22-14 in NAC play. He re-introduced an up-tempo style, reminiscent of the teams of legendary Lakeland coach Moose Woltzen.
"I certainly wasn't expecting to leave," Brumett said. "I've really enjoyed my time here at Lakeland. Lakeland will always be special to me, because this was the first school that gave me a chance to be a head coach. I'd like to thank Lakeland's president, Stephen Gould, and Lakeland's athletic director, Jane Bouche, for that opportunity.
"Defiance presents to me both professional and personal opportunities that, together, I couldn't turn down. We will be closer to my parents (who live in Ohio), which means my son will be closer to his grandparents. This combination of factors was the only thing that could have pulled me away from Lakeland right now."
Lakeland finished sixth in the NAC this past winter and entered the league postseason tournament as the No. 6 seed. But the Muskies upset the tournament's top three seeded teams, including the league's regular season champion Aurora, all on the road in overtime.
"Our players here really bought into what I believe in and what we were trying to do," Brumett said. "I said when I got this job, I felt like I was a good fit for the kinds of students that we attract. They bought in, and that's what you want wherever you go. I'll want all my teams to model the togetherness these two teams had here, especially this last year.
"As a young coach, I feel like I have been well supported, and I learned an awful lot from the two winningest coaches in Lakeland history, Moose Woltzen and April Arvan."
Before coming to Lakeland, Brumett, an Indiana native, spent seven years as the top assistant at DePauw University. DePauw was 121-62 and won three Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championships during Brumett's tenure on staff, including an Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2001-02.
Brumett also served Lakeland as director of the campus fitness center, and he taught several classes.
Lakeland athletic director Jane Bouche said Lakeland was grateful for Brumett's contributions, and the college would move quickly in hiring a new head coach.
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