Kevin Bruinsma, who has spent the last four seasons with the Youngstown State men's basketball program, has been named Director of Player Personnel, Head Coach Jerrod Calhoun announced.
Bruinsma is entering his fifth season with the Penguins in 2017-18 after spending the last two years as an assistant coach and two as director of basketball operations.
"Kevin is a rising star in this business," Calhoun said. "He is a very hard worker and we very happy to keep him on board. He's dedicated to Youngstown State and will help with the continuity between the staff and players."
Over the last two seasons, Bruinsma helped the Penguins reach the Horizon League Tournament semifinals for the first time and coached two of the top offensive teams in the program's history.
Last season, the Penguins set the school scoring record with 2,616 points and marked the eighth straight year YSU scored at least 2,000 points in a year.
Junior Cameron Morse was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 12 First-Team and the All-Horizon League First-Team. Morse led the Horizon League in scoring with 23.2 points per game in league games and ranked second overall with 22.9 points per game. He also ranked ninth nationally in points per game. His 711 points set the YSU Division I single-season scoring record and are the second-most in a single season in school history.
Bruinsma also recruited Braun Hartfield to Youngstown State. Hartfield turned in an outstanding freshman campaign averaging 8.5 points per game overall and 10.6 points per game in Horizon League play.
As director of operations, his duties included overseeing all of the day-to-day operations, video and technology, team travel, academic support, community outreach, on-campus recruiting, serving as the summer camp liaison and supervising team managers.
Since his addition to the Penguins' program, summer camp numbers have increased dramatically. Additionally, the quality of teams YSU has involved in summer camps has improved and that has had a positive impact on the program.
With the new basketball video room, Bruinsma's talents have helped the program watch video in HD. Also his work allows for the coaches to spend more one-on-one time with each player.
Prior to joining the Youngstown State staff, Bruinsma served as the Director of Basketball Technology at the University of Portland for the 2012-13 season.
Bruinsma, a 2008 graduate of Spring Arbor, also spent three seasons at Cleveland State from 2009-12.