Kevin Bruinsma is in his sixth season with the men's basketball program and his second as the Director of Player Personnel. Bruinsma spent two seasons as an assistant coach and his first two years as the program's Director of Basketball Operations.
Bruinsma, who will handle a variety of duties within the basketball program, 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.
In 2016-17, 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.
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.
YSU had one of its best offensive years in school history in 2015-16. The Penguins scored 2,437 points, the second-highest total in school history. The Guins also made 257 3-pointers, which ranked second in school history as well.
Morse turned in one of the top offensive seasons in school history. Morse, a second-team all-league honoree, scored 608 points and averaged 20.3 points per game, which ranked second in the Horizon League. Additionally, Matt Donlan finished the season as one of the top 3-point shooters in the country. Donlan led the Horizon League and finished the regular-season ranked fifth in the nation with a .463 3-point percentage.
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.
At Portland, Bruinsma handled the day-to-day video operations, opponent and self scouting, developing recruiting materials and presentations, on campus recruiting, and managed the Pilot Teaching Board which was the first interactive video teaching board in the entire country.
During his year at Portland, the Pilots increased their win total from the previous season, and finished runners-up in the Las Vegas Classic Tournament.
He spent the previous three seasons as a graduate manager and video coordinator for Cleveland State University.
During his tenure with Cleveland State, the Vikings won the Horizon League Championship in 2011, participated in two Post-Season NIT Tournaments, and produced an NBA First Round Draft Pick in Norris Cole of the Miami Heat.
While obtaining a Master’s Degree in Sports Management (2012), Bruinsma’s responsibilities with the Vikings included: all video operations, scouting, assisting with recruitment organization, assistant camp director, and academic support.
Prior his time at Cleveland State, Bruinsma was the junior varsity head boy's basketball coach and assistant varsity coach at Concord High School (Mich.) for two years. He also served as an advanced scout at Division III Albion College (Mich.) from 2007-09. He also has extensive experience working a variety of summer basketball camps.
Bruinsma’s first basketball technology experience was an internship with the Orlando Magic of the NBA, where his focus was on scouting and video breakdown during the summer of 2007.
A two-sport athlete at Spring Arbor University, Bruinsma was a member of the 2005 NCCAA National Championship team in basketball and also was team MVP and a two-time all-region soccer selection. He graduated from Spring Arbor in 2008 with a degree in secondary education.
Bruinsma shows his basketball insight on his own blog, Bru's Basketball Bunker, which is updated on a regular basis and is must read for any basketball fan.
Kevin and his wife, Stacey Jo, have a son, Cole, and reside Austintown, Ohio.
What They're Saying about Kevin Bruinsma
“Kevin has always been a great Coach and friend to me because we share the same core values. He’s a hard worker that’s dedicated to the game, family, and his faith. He can connect and relate really well with players, recruits and families which will benefit Youngstown State.”
- Norris Cole, New Orleans Pelicans (Two-Time NBA World Champion)
“It did not take long working Kevin to realize he has a very bright future. When you combine a tremendous work ethic, love of the game, passion for teaching and a sense of humor, you are going to be successful. Kevin’s got it and I have always been confident he will do great. “
– Eric Reveno, University of Portland Head Men's Basketball Coach