UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – Entering his ninth year on the staff at Richmond, Jamal Brunt has been promoted to Associate Head Coach, Chris Mooney announced.
Brunt will move into the position vacated by Kevin McGeehan, who was named Head Coach at Campbell last month.
Brunt has been on the Spider basketball staff for the last 8 years, spending his first two seasons as a Director of Basketball Operations and the previous six as an Assistant Coach.
“Jamal has had a tremendously positive impact on Richmond Basketball over the last 8 years,” Mooney said. “His promotion to associate head coach is well deserved! Jamal is an outstanding teacher, coach, recruiter and mentor. I know that Jamal will continue to do great things in his new role.”
Brunt, a native of Baltimore, has helped guide Richmond to a pair of NCAA Tournaments, including a Sweet 16, five postseason appearances, an Atlantic 10 Championship, four 20-win seasons and final national rankings of No. 24 in 2009-10 and No. 21 in 2010-11.
Richmond won a school record 26 games in 2009-10, finished 13-3 in Atlantic 10 play, reached the A-10 title game and earned an at-large bid and a No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Spiders then broke that school record for wins in 2010-11 finishing 29-8 and 13-3 in A-10 play, reaching the title game for the second-straight year and coming away with its first A-10 Championship.
The Spiders defeated No. 25 ranked Vanderbilt and Morehead State to reach the 2011 Sweet 16. Richmond success included a 32-7 record against Atlantic 10 teams over the two NCAA seasons, tournament victories in the South Padre Island Invitational (wins over Missouri and Mississippi State), the Chicago Invitational Challenge, defeating No. 8 Purdue in the title game, and the Orange Bowl Classic, defeating No. 13 Florida.
The Spiders have won eight of the last 14 games against ranked teams and 12 of the last 20 against BCS Conference opponents.
In addition to on-court coaching, Brunt is responsible for scheduling that has led to the Spiders being a consistent top-100 RPI team and led to an NCAA Tournament at-large bid in 2010. In his six seasons as an assistant, he has been integral in signing some of the most highly touted recruits in school history, beating out BCS programs in the process. He has mentored Spider student-athletes in academics, helping the men’s basketball team achieve its highest GPA on record.
Before joining the Spiders basketball staff in the summer of 2005, Brunt was an assistant coach at his alma mater for the 2002-03 and 2004-05 seasons. At Randolph-Macon, Brunt was involved in all aspects of coaching, including player development, recruiting, monitoring academics, film exchange and breakdown, opponent scouting and on-court coaching.
Brunt received a bachelor's degree in international relations with a concentration in business economics from Randolph Macon in 2003. He is married to the former Erica Glasper. The couple has a daughter, Peyton.