Associate Head Coach
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Brent Brekke has brought his defensive knowledge to the Miami blue line since the 2008-09 campaign. He serves as the RedHawks’ associate head coach, a title he has held since the 2010-11 season after spending his first two years in Oxford as an assistant coach. Brekke, who now has 18 years of collegiate coaching experience under his belt, came to Miami in the summer of 2008 after spending the previous nine seasons as an assistant coach at Cornell University of the ECAC.
In addition to working with the defense, Brekke is also the program’s co-recruiting coordinator and handles all aspects of game scheduling for the RedHawks. His tireless efforts as an assistant coach earned him the Terry Flanagan Award in 2015.
Brekke immediately had the RedHawks annually ranked among the top defenses in the country. Miami ranked in the top 10 in the NCAA defensively in each of Brekke’s first five seasons, ranking in the top four on four occasions. Along with that, he has been instrumental in coaching Miami’s penalty kill unit, which has also ranked in the top 10 nationally five times in Brekke’s tenure.
After a down 2013-14 season saw Miami drop to 41st nationally in scoring defense, Brekke molded a new look defense with two freshman regulars to a 10-spot national improvement in 2014-15. The improvement was even more pronounced on the penalty kill, where the Red and White moved up 17 spots following a No. 43 showing in 2013-14. The penalty killing unit improved further to second nationally during the 2015-16 season, allowing just 12 power play goals out of 132 opposing power plays (90.9 percent kill rate).
Brekke’s impact in Oxford was felt immediately as he helped lead the RedHawks to the school’s first ever appearance in the NCAA Frozen Four and the national championship game in his first season (2008-09), while guiding Miami to a CCHA regular-season title and a second straight Frozen Four berth in his second season (2009-10). The 2009-10 squad was the top defensive unit in the country, allowing a paltry 1.95 goals per game, anchored by CCHA Defensive Defenseman of the Year Wil Weber. In 2010-11, Brekke aided the `Hawks in capturing their first ever Mason Cup for winning the CCHA Tournament with his defensive unit serving as the backbone, allowing just six goals in four tournament games. He again helped Miami capture a CCHA title in 2012-13, as the RedHawks claimed the final CCHA regular-season championship.
The Red and White have remained a strong defensive unit in the years since those consecutive Frozen Four appearances, finishing in the top 10 in scoring defense three more times. The 2012-13 squad turned an especially impressive performance in 2012-13 despite breaking in three freshmen as regulars on the blue line, finishing second nationally allowing just 1.74 goals per game, the RedHawks’ best defensive performance under Brekke. The penalty kill was strong as well, ranking sixth nationally at 88.6 percent. He’s mentored a trio of all-league defensemen in Chris Wideman (Second-Team All-CCHA in 2010-11), Matthew Caito (All-CCHA Honorable Mention in 2012-13 and All-NCHC Honorable Mention in 2014-15) and Louie Belpedio (NCHC All-Rookie in 2014-15, All-NCHC Honorable Mention in 2015-16).
While at Cornell, Brekke helped the team make four appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including a trip to the Frozen Four in 2003, and compiled a 185-90-30 record. During the 2003 season, Brekke helped guide the Big Red to its first No. 1 national ranking in program history.
After a four-year playing career at Western Michigan University, Brekke graduated with a degree in marketing in 1994. He served as the team’s assistant captain for the 1992-93 season, and during the 1993-94 season was the first player in the program’s history to be unanimously named the team’s captain by his teammates.
A ninth-round selection (188th overall) of the Quebec Nordiques in 1991, Brekke skated with the USA Hockey National Junior Team that placed fourth in the 1991 World Junior Hockey Championships. Once his time at Western Michigan was complete, Brekke went on to play for the Cornwall Aces, Quebec’s American Hockey League affiliate, for the 1994-95 season. One season later, he went on to captain the Dayton Bombers of the East Coast Hockey League.
Brekke and his wife, Stacey, a former track and field athlete at Western Michigan, have a daughter, Bailee, and a son, Cody.