Following up on some DIRT from last week (JUCO DIRT). It’s now been made official that Tyler Bredehoeft has been named as the head basketball coach at Rock Valley College. Here is the official release from RVC:
Rock Valley College has selected Tyler Bredehoeft to take over the reigns of the Men’s Basketball program. Bredehoeft replaces former RVC Head Basketball Coach Tim Sandquist, who left to become the Head Coach at NJCAA D2 Kirkwood Community College. RVC is coming off a 25-7 season and NJCAA DIII runner-up finish.
“I want to thank Athletic Director Darin Monroe and the rest of the search committee for the opportunity to lead the Men’s Basketball program here at Rock Valley. I also want to thank Craig Doty and Emporia State University, as well as Troy Brown and the University of Saint Mary. Two people that have given me guidance over the years to allow me to be ready to lead this program” said Bredehoeft. “I am excited and eager to get to Rockford and get to work. RVC provides such a great opportunity for student-athletes to be successful on and off the court. I look forward to continuing the success that the men’s basketball program has built over the years.”
Currently, Bredehoeft is an Assistant Coach at NCAA D2 Emporia State University under former RVC Head Coach Craig Doty. In one season at Emporia State, the Hornets doubled their conference wins and made the MIAA Conference Tournament in Municipal Auditorium for the first time since 2014. Emporia State also won their first Conference Tournament game since 2011. Bredehoeft was involved in all facets of recruiting student-athletes, on court coaching with the main focus on team defense, and player development. He was the community service coordinator, organizing 194 hours of community service for the Men’s Basketball program as well.
“We are thrilled to add Coach Bredehoeft to our staff here at Rock Valley College” said Athletic Director Darin Monroe. “We had a very impressive group of candidates for this position, but Tyler comes highly recommended by those who understand our program and have a genuine interest in the continued success of RVC Men’s Basketball. Tyler and I share the same values of college athletics and the direction in which our Men’s Basketball program is headed. I have no doubts that he will build upon the success our Men’s Basketball program has had in recent years.”
Previously, Bredehoeft served as an assistant coach for the University of Saint Mary Spires from 2013 to 2018. In five seasons, the Spires posted a 95-57 record and a 62-38 conference record, while receiving votes and being ranked nationally in the NAIA DII polls during those seasons. During his seasons with the Spires, he saw several of his players receive KCAC honors, as well as NAIA All-American honors. Bredehoeft has seen an All-American on his team every season since he joined the Spires in 2013.
Bredehoeft coached the all-time leader in collegiate points scored for a Kansas college player, Grant Greenberg, who broke Danny Manning’s in-state record by scoring 3,330 total points in his four-year career. During his time as an assistant, he saw his team ranked nationally in many different categories at the end of each season. Top 15 nationally for free throw percentage three times, top 20 in three-point percentage twice, top 25 in three-point field goal percentage defense three times, top 25 in three-point field goals made per game two times and top 25 in assists per game and assist to turnover ratio both two times.
Bredehoeft served as the recruiting coordinator for the Spires from 2015 to 2018. He was also active in the program with a focus on player academics, strength and conditioning, player development, scouting, game preparation and on floor coaching.
Prior to his time at Saint Mary, Bredehoeft was the head coach for the boys’ basketball team at Tina-Avalon (Mo.) HS.
A native of Alma, Mo. Bredehoeft played two seasons at Concordia University where he earned All GPAC honors his freshman and sophomore years. He finished his player career at Central Methodist University where he helped the Eagles win a HAAC Championship and earn a national ranking of #11 in 2010. In his prep career at St. Paul Lutheran, he led his team to two consecutive district titles and an appearance in the state quarterfinals his senior year. He was named a three-time All-Conference player, KMZU Dream Team Player of the Year (2006), Conference MVP (2006) and 1st Team All State (2007).
Bredehoeft graduated from Central Methodist University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in History-Education and graduated from the University of Saint Mary in 2015 with a Masters of Art in Education & completed the Sports Administration Master’s program in 2017.