Ottawa U (AZ) names Brubaker Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach

OUAZ men’s basketball head coach Matt Keeley announced the addition of Cale Brubaker as an assistant coach with the program on Tuesday. Brubaker will begin his first season with the program in the fall of 2021.

“I am so excited to add Cale to our coaching staff, Keeley said. “Having coached him previously, I am well aware of his high character level, relentless work ethic, and foundation of Christian values. He is joining us after having spent the past five seasons w/ a Division I program.  He is a tremendous addition that immediately adds value to us on and off the floor.”

Brubaker comes to the Spirit after spending five seasons at The University of Texas at San Antonio, serving as UTSA’s video coordinator. He is responsible for all aspects of video exchange, film breakdown, player instructional videos, recruiting videos, and team video database while also working with the coaching staff to create scout tapes and scouting reports.  
Before his promotion to the full-time video coordinator role, Brubaker spent the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons as the program’s graduate assistant, earning a master’s in educational leadership. His duties included assisting with the planning and implementation of practices, recruiting efforts, and special projects from the coaching staff.

During Brubaker’s first season as video coordinator, the Roadrunners built off a 20-win season in 2017-18 to finish in second place in the C-USA standings with 11 wins. UTSA earned its highest tournament seed in 14 years while spurred by the dynamic guard play of sophomore sensations Jhivvan Jackson and Keaton Wallace, the nation’s top-scoring backcourt.

A native of New Braunfels, Texas, Brubaker graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene in Olathe, Kan., in May 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in history. He was a four-year letterwinner (2012-16) for the Pioneers men’s basketball program. He helped lead the squad to 91 wins, a pair of NAIA Fab Four appearances (2014, 2016), a Heart of America Conference regular-season title (2016), and a tournament title (2014).

Brubaker shot 49 percent from three-point range as a junior to set an MNU single-season record and rank second nationally. His 3.97 assist/turnover ratio also ranked second in the nation as a senior, and he finished his career shooting 45 percent from behind the arc with a 2.75 assist/turnover ratio.

Brubaker was named the Heart of America Player of the Week in December 2014 after posting 21 points, five rebounds, five assists, and four steals. He also was a two-time Academic All-American and graduated with a 3.6 GPA.  

Brubaker played his prep career at San Antonio Christian High School, where he was an all-state selection, and Lone Stars All-Area pick by the San Antonio Express-News as a senior. He helped lead the team to the Final Four that season.

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