LITTLE ROCK – Bobby Brasel has been named assistant coach for the UALR women’s basketball team, head coach Joe Foley recently announced. Brasel comes to UALR after spending the previous seven seasons as a member of the women’s basketball coaching staff at South Alabama.
"Coach Foley and I have known each other since my days at Garden City (Community College) and during that time I have gained a wealth of respect for what he does and the success he has garnered,” said Brasel. “I am excited to be a part of the program and to help in the continuing success of the Trojan program."
“With 20 years of college coaching under his belt, he brings a wealth of experience to our program,” said Foley. “We’re very fortunate to have him.”
While at South Alabama, Brasel was responsible for scheduling and oversaw junior college recruiting. During Brasel’s tenure in Mobile, the Jaguars ranked in the top-two of Sun Belt in scoring defense four times. USA allowed just 52.8 points per game during the 2011-12 season, a program record, which ranked 11th in the country. South Alabama also led the SBC in field-goal percentage defense three times (2007-08, 2008-09, 2011-12) and three-point defense twice (2007-08, 2010-11). Brasel coached six South Alabama players that earned a total of eight All-Sun Belt Conference honors.
Prior to his time at South Alabama, Brasel spent seven seasons as head coach at Garden City (Kan.) Community College. While at Garden City, he resurrected a Lady Broncbuster basketball program that had a lifetime winning percentage of just 38 percent prior to his arrival. He led the program to its first winning season in six years in 2001. In all, the Lady Busters made six postseason appearances in Brasel’s tenure, highlighted by Jayhawk Conference and Region 6 titles in 2003, as well as a trip to the NJCAA Final Four.
Brasel’s teams combined for a 111-108 record in seven seasons at Garden City – good enough to make him the winningest coach in program history. His Lady Buster teams were regularly ranked in the top-25 nationally, and set or tied over 35 school records under Brasel’s leadership.
Additionally, Brasel coached and recruited two NJCAA All-Americans, eight Academic All-Americans and sent at least one player to the Division I level in each of his years at GCCC. His efforts earned him Coach of the Year honors from the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association, the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference and the NJCAA District E in 2003. Over his career at GCCC, Brasel’s players compiled a 98 percent graduation rate.
Prior to making the move to women’s basketball, Brasel served as an assistant on the men’s basketball programs at Garden City, New Mexico State and Howard Junior College. A native of Big Spring, Texas, he earned his bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa, Texas, in 1993.