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Brent Brekke
Position: Associate Head Coach
Alma Mater: Western Michigan
Graduating Year: 1994
Experience: 6 Years
Phone: 513-529-9813
Email: brekkebd@miamioh.edu

Brekke at the 2010 Frozen Four

Brent Brekke begins his seventh season behind the Miami bench as an assistant coach in 2014-15, working primarily with the defensive unit. He has served as the RedHawks' associate head coach the last four years after being promoted following his second season in Oxford. Brekke, who now has 15 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.

Since coming to Miami, Brekke has turned the RedHawks into one of the top defenses in the country annually. 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 in Brekke’s first five seasons.

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). 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.

Despite having three freshmen on the blue line nearly every game during the 2012-13 season, Brekke turned Miami’s defense into the anchor of the team. The RedHawks defense finished second in the NCAA allowing just 1.74 goals per game for the year and were first in league play only, surrendering 1.79 goals per game. The penalty kill was strong as well, ranking sixth nationally at 88.6 percent. Under Brekke’s guidance, Miami pitched six shutouts in 2012-13, including the program’s first whitewash in a season opener and its first shutout in an NCAA Tournament game. He also helped defenseman Matthew Caito earn CCHA All-Rookie Team and Honorable Mention All-CCHA honors, while senior defenseman Steven Spinell was named to the NCAA Midwest Regional Team.

In 2011-12, Brekke molded a veteran RedHawk defensive corps to allow just 2.10 goals per game, which was third in the NCAA. Miami pitched seven shutouts under Brekke's tutelage in 2011-12 while the RedHawks' penalty kill was ranked seventh in the country with an 85.2 percent kill rate. Miami's 179 kills however, were second-most in the NCAA. Following the season, three RedHawk defenseman inked NHL entry-level contracts as Cameron Schilling signed with Washington, Will Weber signed with Columbus and Chris Wideman reached an agreement with Ottawa.

Throughout the 2010-2011 season, Brekke kept Miami as one of the top defensive teams in the nation after ranking first nationally the previous season. The RedHawks' penalty kill unit was second in the nation at 88.3 percent (181-for-205), including killing 31 straight penalties at one point from Feb. 4 to Feb. 26. The defense allowed an average of just 2.18 goals against per game, which ranked fourth nationally.

During the 2009-10 season, Brekke built Miami into the top defensive team in the country, as the RedHawks gave up just 1.95 goals per game, which led the NCAA, while both of Miami's goalies ranked in the top three nationally in goals-against average, including Cody Reichard, who was first at 1.87. The team's 86.2 percent penalty kill was third in the CCHA and eighth nationally. Brekke also mentored Weber, who was named the CCHA's Best Defensive Defenseman, and fellow defenseman Joe Hartman, who garnered All-CCHA Rookie Team honors. In his first year at Miami in 2008-09, Brekke improved Miami’s penalty kill unit to second in the country with an 89.7 percent kill rate.

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.