Following up on a rumor that we posted back on April 1st (NAIA DIRT)…
Graceland University and GU Athletic Director Joe Worlund are excited to announce the hiring of Brandon Stromer to the position of Head Men’s Basketball Coach.
“We are excited to have Brandon joining us here at Graceland,” said Worlund. “His strong basketball background and his familiarity with southern Iowa is a plus. I am looking forward to working with him to build on the recent seasons success.”
Brandon Stromer became the interim head men’s basketball coach at Simpson on March 2, 2015 after the resignation of Charles Zanders. He returned to his post as the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator with the hiring of Brad Bjorkgren. Stromer completed his fifth season at Simpson in 2014-15.
Stromer joined Simpson’s staff on July 6, 2010. He came to Simpson with experience at NCAA Divisions I and II, winning a national championship in Division II as a player. He then coached under 2008 Associated Press College Basketball Coach of the Year, Keno Davis at Drake.
Stromer spent three seasons at Drake, most recently serving as director of operations under head coach Mark Phelps in 2009-10. Before that he was the video coordinator and a graduate assistant during the 2007-08 season. That year, Stromer helped the Bulldogs to a historic season in which the team won Missouri Valley regular season and tournament championships while earning a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Before joining the staff at Drake, Stromer played collegiately at Winona State University. There, he helped the Warriors to an NCAA Division II championship in 2006 and a national runner-up finish the following season. In the process, Winona State won a Division II record 57 consecutive regular season games and won three Northern Sun Conference titles. Stromer finished his career ranked ninth all-time in games played.
Stromer obtained a master’s degree in Adult Education and Org Performance from Drake in 2010. He and his wife, Libby, reside in West Des Moines, Iowa.
“It’s a honor and a privilege to be named the next head coach at Graceland University,” said Coach Stromer. “I want to thank Joe Worlund and the Graceland Administration for this opportunity. I have a tremendous amount of respect and great appreciation for Joe and look forward to working together with him and the entire athletic department to continue the pursuit of excellence for Graceland basketball. I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity!”
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