News and Tribune

May 17, 2014

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Jeff grad Brumett named new Wabash coach

Brumett guided Defiance to a 103-57 record before the move to Crawfordsville


CRAWFORDSVILLE — Wabash College President Gregory Hess has appointed Kyle Brumett as the school’s new head basketball coach.

Brumett comes to Wabash from Defiance College, where he served as the men’s basketball coach and assistant athletics director.

“We are very excited to bring Coach Brumett to Wabash College,” Hess said. “His experience as a successful coach and his exceptional record of shaping the character of young men made him a good fit for our basketball program.”

“I am extremely proud to be named the head basketball coach at Wabash College,” Brumett said. “This is a program that I have long admired, and I am excited to get started.”

In six seasons, Brumett guided Defiance to a 103-57 record, a share of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference title in 2014 and won the HCAC championship and earned an NCAA Division III Tournament appearance in 2010. He owns an overall record of 136-79 in eight seasons as a head coach.

“Coach Brumett brings to the program, and to the College, a wealth of experience in coaching, teaching and leading with success at the Division III level,” Wabash Dean of Students Mike Raters said. “His passion for adding value to the student-athlete’s overall education is obvious, and I’m looking forward to seeing the impact he will have on and off the court with his players and our College community overall.”

Prior to his service to Defiance, Brumett spent two seasons at Lakeland College, where his teams posted record of 33-22 and won the 2008 Northern Athletics Conference championship. Brumett spent seven years as an assistant at DePauw University, helping the Tigers to a 121-62 record and Southern Collegiate Athletics Conference titles in 2002, 2003 and 2006, along with NCAA Tournament berths in 2002 and 2006. He coached at the University of Southern Indiana as an assistant for one year. USI finished 26-6 and was ranked No. 1 in the nation for most of the season.

“Kyle Brumett has been a successful leader of men at three different Division III schools,” said athletic director Joe Haklin. “He is committed to helping student-athletes fulfill their academic and athletic ambitions. I am really looking forward to working with Kyle as he ushers in the next great era of Little Giant basketball.”

Brumett graduated from Hanover College in 1998 with a degree in physical education. He served as a student-assistant coach for the Panthers, working with former head coach Mike Beitzel. Brumett earned a master’s degree in recreation and sports management in 2004 from Indiana State University.

Brumett graduated from Jeffersonville High School in 1994. He and his wife, Steffanie, have three sons: Max, Marcus, and Monte.

“My wife, Steffanie, and I look forward to becoming a part of the Wabash College and Crawfordsville communities,” Brumett added. “As parents of three young sons, we are excited that, as they grow, they will have the high-achieving young men of Wabash as role models.”

Brumett begins his duties June 1. He replaces Antoine Carpenter, who resigned in April.