Jeff Brookman, a native of Charlotte, NC, is entering his fourth season as head coach of the Pioneers' men's basketball team after leading SMC to the best season in school history and a #1 ranking in the Final NJCAA Top 25 Division 1 National Poll during the 2012-2013 campaign.
The Pioneers finished the season with an overall record of 35-1. More impressive is the fact that they completed the regular season with a perfect record of 30-0 overall and 12-0 in Region X play. For their efforts, the Pioneers were crowned the Region 10 Regular Season Champions for the second straight year. SMC also went on to win the Region 10 Tournament Championship for the second straight year.
Under Brookman’s leadership, the Pioneers advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament for the second straight season. SMC made an appearance in the Final Four where they lost a close game to eventual National Champions College of Central Florida. The Pioneers placed 3rd in the National Tournament with a final record of 3-1 against the best teams in the country.
Brookman has an overall record of 83 wins versus only 19 losses in his three seasons as head coach at Spartanburg Methodist College. In just his second year as head coach, Brookman, led the Pioneers to one of the best seasons in school history after finishing 29-7 overall and 12-2 in Region X. For his efforts over the past two seasons, Brookman was named Region 10 Coach of the Year and District 10 Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2013.
During the 2011-2012 season, the Pioneers won the Region X Regular Season Championship, a Region X Tournament Championship and made an appearance in the 16-Team NJCAA National Tournament for the first time since 1999. The Pioneers made an elite eight appearance in the National Tournament by holding off perennial Junior College power Three Rivers in the first round 61-58.
In his rookie campaign as a head coach, Brookman, led the Pioneers to a 19-11 overall record and a 5-7 Region X record. The Pioneers made an appearance in the Semi-Finals of the Region X Tournament before losing to eventual champion Cape Fear.
Brookman came to SMC from Anderson University, where he served
as Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach and Recruiting
Coordinator from 2006-2008 and then as Associate Head Coach in
2009-2010. During the 2009-10 season at Anderson, he helped lead
the program to a 24-8 record and an appearance in the NCAA Division
II Southeast Region Semi-Finals. The 24-8 record is the best
win/loss total in school history.
Brookman started his coaching career in Switzerland where served as the head coach for the Sarnen Basketball Club, which consisted of six teams, for two years.
After completing a three stint playing and coaching in Switzerland, Brookman returned to his alma mater, Belmont Abbey, for the '01-02 season as an assistant coach under current Augusta State head coach Dip Metress. He helped lead the program to a 24-6 record, a CVAC regular-season title, a CVAC tournament title and an appearance in the East Regional semi-finals.
From '02-05, Brookman served on the staff at Radford University as an assistant coach. His duties there included recruiting, player development, scouting and film exchange. During the '02-03 season, the Highlanders made it to the Big South Tournament Championship game.
He returned to the Charlotte area in ’05 as an assistant coach for the ABA’s Charlotte Krunk. During his time with the Krunk, Brookman had the opportunity to work with a number of great players who are currently playing professionally all over the globe. He left the Krunk in January ’06 to join the staff of the Charlotte Royals, a 17-and-under AAU team that sent eight players to Division I schools.
Brookman enjoyed a four year playing career at Belmont Abbey
College from 1994-98. He was named the Carolinas-Virginia Athletics
Conference Freshman of the Year after the ’94-95 season,
honorable mention All-Conference and was a two-time team MVP.
During his time at Belmont Abbey, Brookman scored 1,443 points,
which puts him 14th on the all-time scoring list at Belmont Abbey.
He also ranks second on the Belmont Abbey career list for 3-point
field goals made with 266 and shot 40% for his career from
Brookman was also a member of the '97 Belmont Abbey soccer team that won the CVAC regular season championship. He led the team in scoring and was also named to the All-Conference and All-Tournament teams.
After finishing his career at Belmont Abbey, Brookman played in the Switzerland Professional League from ’98-00. During the 1999-2000 season, he averaged 24.5 points per game while being recognized as one of the best foreign players and three point shooters in the league while playing for both Ruessbuhl and Viganello.
Brookman was inducted into the Charlotte Catholic High School Sports Hall of Fame in February '07. He graduated cum laude with a B.S. degree from Belmont Abbey College in '97. He finished his Masters degree in sports management from the United States Sports Academy in December 2008. He resides in Mauldin, S.C. with his wife Rachel, who is a teacher at Palmetto Elementary School in Williamston, SC. They are the proud parents of a son, Parker (2) and are expecting another child in late April.