Brookman Resigns; Accepts Head Post at SMC

ANDERSON, S.C. -- Anderson associate head men's basketball coach Jeff Brookman has resigned his position with the Trojans to accept the head coaching position at Spartanburg Methodist College, as announced by AU head coach Jason Taylor.

Brookman replaces Rob Burke, who resigned last month to accept a position at The Citadel and will assume his new position with the Pioneers on July 1.

“We are very happy for Jeff and his wife Rachael,” Taylor said. “Spartanburg Methodist has made a great choice. Jeff has done a great job here and will do very well at SMC. He’s been very loyal and been a major part of everything we’ve accomplished here. He’s a very good coach and is ready to lead his own program.”

Brookman joined the Anderson basketball staff in July, 2006 following coaching stints with the Sarnen Basketball Club (Switzerland), Belmont Abbey, Radford and the ABA’s Charlotte Krunk. After finishing his collegiate career at Belmont Abbey in 1998, Brookman played professionally in Switzerland from 1998-2000, averaging 24.5 points per game while playing for both Ruessbuhl and Viganello in 2000. While with Belmont Abbey, he was named the Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Freshman of the Year following the 1994-1995 season, honorable mention All-Conference and was a two-time team MVP. Brookman scored 1,443 points in his career with the Crusaders, which ranks 14th all-time at Belmont Abbey. He was also a member of the 1997 Belmont Abbey soccer team that won the CVAC regular season championship, leading the team in scoring and was also named to the All-Conference and All-Tournament teams.

The Charlotte, N.C., native returned to Belmont Abbey for the 2002 campaign as an assistant coach for a team that ended the year 24-6, won both the CVAC regular-season title and CVAC tournament title and reached the East Regional semifinals.

“I would like to thank President Whitaker, Nancy Simpson and of course coach Taylor for four great years at Anderson University,” Brookman said. “While I am very excited about my position at Spartanburg Methodist College, there were several things that made my decision difficult. I have been very fortunate to work with a great coaching staff and players with unbelievable talent and character. I am honored to have been able to be a part of such a great group on and off the court. I will truly miss all of them and wish them the best of luck.”

Brookman was instrumental in AU’s unparalleled success last season, with the Trojans getting off to their best start in school history, culminating in their first-ever bid to the NCAA Tournament. AU also set a new school record for most wins (24) in a season since becoming a four-year institution in 1995-1996.

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