Rock Valley college has its third head men’s basketball coach in three years. Tyler Bredehoeft is the guy. He’s new to the Rockford area, but he does have some strong ties to Rock Valley College.
Bredehoeft comes from Emporia State University in Kansas. If that sounds familiar that’s because Emporia State is where the head coach is former Rock Valley College head coach Craig Doty, and another former Rock Valley College head coach Evan Lavery is an assistant there.
“I’ve got some good information from them,” said Bredehoeft in an interview with Eyewitness News. “They’ve kind of given me the ins and outs, some background on some guys around here and just the Rockford area and they said some really good things.”
“Coach Lavery his first advice was on all the spots in town to eat. Coach Doty he just talked about the people. Good people here.”
Bredehoeft grew up in little Alma, Missouri where he played guard for St. Paul Lutheran High School. In college he played two seasons at Concordia University, an NAIA Division II school in Nebraska. Then he played two seasons at Central Methodist University in Missouri an NAIA Division I school.
Bredehoeft began his coaching career coaching high school ball at Tina-Avalon, Missiouri. Then he was an assistant coach for five seasons at the University of Saint Mary in Kansas an NAIA Divion II school. All five of those seasons Saint Mary was nationally ranked.
Then last season he joined up with Doty and Lavery at Emporia State.
One of Bredehoeft’s biggest challenges at RVC will be getting to know the area high school coaches and programs.
“Our coaching staff is going to have to build that relationship with the high school coaches and the players in the area, but that’s something we’re looking forward to and we’re excited about it,” said Bredehoeft. “I want to be 80 percent local (in recruiting). It’s been proven in the past with Craig and Evan and with Tim (Sandquist) that if you have local guys on the team you’re going to win games.”
RVC won two national championships in men’s basketball when Doty was coaching. Last season with Tim Sandquist in charge the Golden Eagles finished second in the nation.
“They say this is a place that breeds winning because the people in the athletics department care about each other, and there’s a lot of help and a lot of support,” said Bredehoeft, “So if you do things the right way you can (have success). You look at the banners in here and there’s a lot of success here.”
Bredehoeft says he has to get to work recruiting. He’d like to bring in six to ten players before the season begins.