Aiken, SC (WJBF) — Somewhat surprising news out of Aiken Tuesday evening. Longtime USC Aiken women’s basketball head coach Mike Brandt is leaving to take an associate head coaching job with Division 1 Southern Methodist University. He joins Travis Mays’ newly announced staff at SMU.
Brandt won 254 games in 9 seasons at USC Aiken.
Here is the release from Pacersports.com:
AIKEN, S.C. – University of South Carolina Aiken women’s basketball coach Mike Brandt has stepped down from his position in order to accept a position at Southern Methodist.
“We have been blessed to have Coach Brandt with us,” Randy Warrick said. “He did an outstanding job developing student-athletes and helping USC Aiken basketball reach new heights. Coach Brandt led the Pacers to several firsts, including the program’s first-ever win in the NCAA Tournament. We wish him the best.
“A national search will begin immediately,” Warrick stated. “With our facilities, strong winning tradition and a solid cast of returners, the future of USC Aiken women’s basketball is bright.”
Brandt guided the Pacers to unprecedented success, becoming the school’s career wins leader during the 2010-11 season.
During the 2010-11 year, he guided the Pacers to a school-record 27 wins. In the process, he coached USC Aiken to its first-ever win in the NCAA Tournament and claimed a share of the Peach Belt Conference East Division title.
Brandt led the Pacers to a 27-4 record during the 2011-12 season, helping the team become the No. 1 seed in the Southeast Region.
In all, Brandt picked up 254 wins while at USC Aiken, including 148 in league play. He accounted for a .605 winning percentage. While at USC Aiken, he reeled off six 20-win seasons and garnered double-digit victories in league play eight times.
Prior to USC Aiken, Brandt coached for 13 years at Northeastern Junior College, helping his team to the NJCAA National Basketball Championships and a No. 9 national ranking.