|Title:||Head Men's Basketball Coach|
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.
|Title:||Assistant Men's Basketball Coach|
John Prioleau, a native of Charleston, SC, enters his fifth
season as part of the Pioneers coaching staff. Prioleau
joined the Pioneers coaching staff after successful playing careers
at SMC from 2004-06 and Limestone College from 2006-2008.
In 2006, Prioleau helped the SMC basketball program reach the Region X tournament where the Pioneers lost at the last second in the championship game to become runners-up in the region. That season Prioleau averaged 10.9 points, 6.2 assists, and 8.6 rebounds per game.
After an outstanding career at SMC, Prioleau took his talent to Limestone College. In 2007, he helped lead the Saints basketball program to their best record in school history (20-9). During the 2007-08 season, Prioleau was named the team’s most valuable player.
“I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with Coach Prioleau ” said SMC head coach Jeff Brookman. “He was a great player at SMC and Limestone. JP played with a lot of heart and passion. No one outworked him on the court. He is a great addition to our program and the SMC community and has a great future ahead of him”
Prioleau’s responsibilities include assisting in all preseason workouts and practices, developing weight room workouts and game day preparation.
Prioleau graduated from Limestone College in with a degree in Business Mangement/Administrative. He currently resides in Spartanburg, SC
|Title:||Assistant Men's Basketball Coach|
David Wilkie, a native of Spartanburg, SC, enters his 3rd season at Spartanburg Methodist and his second with Coach Jeff Brookman.
Wilkie started his coaching career as an Assistant Coach for Boiling Springs High School Ninth Grade basketball team. The following year in 1996 he was named Head Coach. He served as head coach from 1996 until 2002.
In 2002 Wilkie served as Assistant Basketball Coach at Spartanburg Methodist under Head Coach Dale Kuhl. His duties included recruiting, player development, scouting, and game day preparations. During that season the Pioneers won the Region X regular season championship.
Wilkie then left to become Head Coach of Chapman High Schools Junior Varsity team and Assistant Coach on Varsity. He served there for two years from 2003-2005.
In 2005-2006 Wilkie returned to working with Dale Kuhl at Belmont Abbey. His duties were fundraising and basketball summer camps.
He returned to Spartanburg area and high school basketball and was Assistant Head Coach at Spartanburg Day from 2006-2009. His responsibilities were academics, weightlifting, scouting, and player development. The Griffins made it to the state playoffs each year and to the state finals in 2008 and semifinals in 2007 and 2009. He left Spartanburg Day and coach Spartanburg Bucks 17-and-under AAU team.
Wilkie’s responsibilities for the Pioneers will include assisting with all preseason workouts, practices, recruiting, scouting, fundraising and game day preparation.
Coach Wilkie has worked at Five-Star Basketball Camps in Florida and Virginia, Belmont Abbey Basketball Camp, University of Tennessee Basketball Camp, and Wofford College Basketball Camps.
Wilkie graduated from University of South Carolina in 1993 with a degree in Elementary Education. He received his Master’s Degree in Education from Southern Wesleyan University in 2006. He currently resides in Spartanburg, SC.
|Title:||Director of Basketball Operations|
Justin Rademacher a native of Greenville, SC, enters his third season of SMC basketball and his first year with Coach Brookman. Rademacher, a 2007 Graduate of Wade Hampton High School in Greenville, Graduated from Spartanburg Methodist College with an Associate of Arts Degree in May 2009 and left to finish his career as a student at Southern Wesleyan University.
“I am very excited at this opportunity that Coach Brookman, has given me,” Rademacher said. “I have always loved being a Pioneer and always been wanting to come back, but the right opportunity hadn’t come yet.” I want to thank Coach Brookman for this wonderful opportunity.”
He returns to the Pioneer Basketball Program after three years prior with the Warriors of Southern Wesleyan University, where Justin took on responsibilities such as film exchange, curfew checking, inventory control, preparation for team travel and assisting with basketball camps.
Rademacher currently resides in Greenville.