Newest Buster coach: Trenkle introduced at GCCC
Newest Buster coach
By BRETT MARSHALL
It was less than a month ago that Garden City Community College went no further than its bench to hire Nick Salazar as its new women's basketball coach to replace Alaura Sharp.
On Wednesday, the GCCC athletic department kept to its party line when Brady Trenkle, an assistant to Rand Chappell for the last year, was announced to head up the Broncbusters' men's program.
The announcement came at an afternoon press conference at the Hall of Fame Room at the Dennis Perryman Athletic Complex.
Chappell, who coached the Busters for just one season, posted an 11-20 overall record and 3-13 in the Jayhawk Conference West Division before leaving in May after accepting a position as an assistant coach at Division I Eastern Illinois University.
"I'm excited for the opportunity and looking forward to the challenge," Trenkle said in an interview with The Telegram following the press conference. "I've learned a lot about coaching from many different people, and I think I've incorporated the strengths of those people into what I try to do as a head coach."
During the brief introduction by GCCC President Herbert Swender and Athletic Director Ryan Ruda, Trenkle was praised for his past performance, both as an assistant but primarily for the four years he served as head coach at rival Dodge City Community College (2008-12).
"When looking at personnel hires, the future success is always connected to past performance, and with Brady, you've got experience talking," Swender said in his comments. "That success just dovetails into what we're looking for here from all of our coaches. We're fortunate to have a coach who comes from a family that has the genetics of basketball. He has the breadth and depth of the Jayhawk Conference and has had success."
After serving as an assistant at Dodge City from 2004-08, Trenkle was promoted to head coach, and it was during that stretch that Trenkle, 37, guided the Conquistadors to a 72-52 record (.581 percentage) and had two appearances in the quarterfinals of the Region VI basketball tournament. Three times his teams won 20-plus games.
"I think what you'll see is a team that plays defense like crazy," Trenkle said when explaining some of his coaching philosophy. "I like to play aggressive, up-tempo, and want my teams to be athletic. Nobody will outwork us, I can assure you of that."
Trenkle comes from a basketball family, having played for his father, Fred, for four years while at San Diego State University. It was there where he earned his bachelor's degree in public administration, graduating in 1999. He attended and graduated from high school in 1994 at Twin Falls, Idaho.
Trenkle has been on the road recruiting after he was retained as an assistant following Chappell's departure. In essence, he was serving as an interim coach, primarily focusing on retaining players and recruiting new ones to the program.
"We had a chance to see Brady for the last month, and he certainly proved himself more than capable to be our head coach," Ruda said in a separate interview. "It was a little like on-the-job evaluation. If you had seen how hard he worked, how committed he is to Garden City Community College, you would understand why he's the best one for the job."
Ruda said Trenkle and one other outside coach were brought in for interviews on Tuesday, and that process came after the school had received more than 50 applications for the position.
"I think it just goes to show that Garden City Community College has a strong reputation and is well-known for its athletic programs," Ruda said. "We had some very highly qualified people, but in the end we felt like Brady was the best person for the job."
The search committee was comprised of Ruda, assistant athletic director Colin Lamb, Sports Information Director/Promotions Dan Delgado, Dave Rupp from the GCCC faculty, Mark Douglass, president of the Broncbuster Athletic Association, athletic department executive secretary Ashley Rutti, and Cricket Turley, GCCC director of human resources.
Following his graduation from San Diego State, Trenkle spent two years as an assistant at Seward County Community College in Liberal. He then moved to the College of Eastern Utah, where he was an assistant from 2002-04. From there, he moved to Dodge City for the eight-year period of 2004-12, four as an assistant and four as head coach.
"My dad probably had the most influence on me, and that's certainly where the defense comes in," Trenkle said. "We probably won't see the basketball on offense for quite some time, until we get the defense where I want."
Trenkle said two players from the past season will be retained for the 2013-14 season, those being 6-5 forward Jade Cathey, an all-Region VI selection, and 6-4 guard Reuben King of Brooklyn, N.Y. The rest of the upcoming Broncbusters' roster will be incoming recruits, which Trenkle plans to announce soon.
"I'm excited about the players we've got coming in already, and we're still out there going for a few more," Trenkle said.
When he was hired in July 2012 to serve as Chappell's assistant, Trenkle said he was looking forward to being in a less stressful position that gave him an opportunity to spend more time with his family.
"You're able to take a year, step back and evaluate what you're doing," Trenkle said. "Dodge City was my first head job, and what I've learned over the past year I think will make me an even better head coach in the future. I want to get Garden City where it used to be. When I was on the East Coast recruiting and mentioned I was from Garden City, Kan., people recognized the name. Having a chance to be a head coach again makes you hungry. I think we'll be tough, fun to watch."
Trenkle also has two brothers in the coaching profession — Eddie is the head coach at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo., while Swede is the head coach at Hill College in Hillsboro, Texas. Trenkle and his wife, Brooke, have three sons — Brodie, 14; Brevin, 9; and Braxon, 6.