Jamal Brunt joined the University of Miami men’s basketball staff in April of 2015.
Jamal Brunt is in his third season as an assistant coach for the Miami Hurricanes men's basketball team in 2017-18, and serves as the team's offensive coordinator.
In two seasons at Miami, Brunt has coached the Canes to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances - including a Sweet 16 nod in 2016 - and a pair of 20-win campaigns.
Brunt was an integral piece of landing the best recruiting classes in program history in back-to-back seasons. For the 2017-18 campaign, the staff inked three ESPN Top 100 players in McDonald's All-American and Jordan Brand Classic All-American guard Lonnie Walker (No. 18), guard Chris Lykes (46) and forward Deng Gak (92). New Zealander Sam Waardenburg also joins the class, and practiced with the team during the spring of 2017. This class is ranked seventh by ESPN, eighth by Scout and 12th by Rivals.
In 2016 the staff signed McDonald’s All-American Dewan Huell, Jordan Brand Classic All-American Bruce Brown, Australian standout Dejan Vasiljevic and Rodney Miller from national powerhouse Oak Hill Academy (Va.). The group was ranked No. 9 by 247Sports, No. 10 by Scout, No. 13 by both ESPN and Rivals.
In 2016-17 Miami played in its third NCAA Tournament in the past five years, earning the eighth seed in the Midwest Region. The Hurricanes finished the 2016-17 season 21-12 overall and tied for seventh in the ACC, posting a 10-8 record in the league. Miami defeated three ranked teams, downing No. 9/6 North Carolina and No. 10/11 Duke in Coral Gables, as well as No. 18/19 Virginia on the road. It was the third straight year and the fifth time in Coach L’s six seasons that the Canes defeated two top-15 teams. Miami also won its third-straight ACC-Big Ten Challenge matchup, defeating Rutgers in Coral Gables, Fla.
Brunt, the team's offensive coordinator, worked closely with 1,000-point scorer (1,343) Davon Reed, who was named third team All-ACC, and was listed on the ACC’s All-Defensive Team. Reed was the recipient of the 2017 Skip Prosser Award, presented annually to the top scholar-athlete in ACC men’s basketball. Brunt also mentored freshman guard Bruce Brown, who recorded a triple-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against South Carolina State on Dec. 6, which was the second triple-double in program history at Miami. Brown, majoring in sports administration, was named to the All-ACC Academic Team.
In his first season at The U, Brunt coached the 2015-16 Hurricanes to an appearance in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and a tie for second in the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season standings. Miami ended the season ranked No. 10 by the Associated Press and No. 8 in the USA Today Coaches Poll after being ranked in the polls a school record 18 straight weeks. UM was ranked top-15 for a school record 14 weeks.
In addition to success on the court, Brunt and the coaching staff have signed a top-15 class for the 2016-17 season, bringing in McDonald’s All-American Dewan Huell, Jordan Brand Classic All-American Bruce Brown, Australian standout Dejan Vasiljevic and Rodney Miller from national powerhouse Oak Hill Academy (Va.). The group has been named one of the top 2016 classes in the country, with 247Sports ranking the class No. 9, Scout at No. 10, ESPN at No. 13 and Rivals at No. 13.
The Canes’ 27 overall wins in 2015-16 were the second-most in school history and 13 ACC wins were highlighted by a perfect 9-0 league mark at the BankUnited Center, thanks in part to a sold-out arena every night, the first time in program history a team has sold out season tickets for its campaign. Miami won the 2015 Puerto Rico Tip Off, defeating No. 16 Utah, No. 22/20 Butler and Mississippi State by 20.0 points per game, and downed three other ranked teams during the season in No. 3 Virginia, No. 11 Louisville and No. 24/20 Duke.
In all games, UM recorded the fourth-highest scoring offense among league teams, averaging 75.2 points per game. Miami’s field goal percentage (47.9%) and 3-point field goal percentage (37.5%) ranked third in the league and its scoring margin of +7.8 was fifth-best in the ACC. Under Brunt’s tutelage, Miami’s 47.9 field goal percentage (907-of-1895) was its best since the 1988-89 season. Miami’s 74.9 percent (578-772) at the line was the best since 2001-02, too.
Brunt coached senior Sheldon McClellan, who was the seventh-most efficient offensive player in the nation among players with 20 percent-or-more possessions used, according to KenPom.com. McClellan was 17th in the ACC (league games only) in 2-point field goal percentage (54.6), ninth in true shooting percentage (60.7) and 10th in free throw percentage (83.5). McClellan was named to the USBWA All-District Team, All-ACC second team and ACC All-Tournament Second Team for his stellar season.
Brunt came to Coral Gables after 10 years on the staff with the Richmond Spiders. Beginning in 2005 as Director of Operations, Brunt was promoted to an assistant coach in 2007 and associate head coach in 2013.
The Baltimore native helped guide Richmond to six postseason appearances, five 20-win seasons and final national rankings of No. 24 in 2009-10 and No. 21 in 2010-11. After winning their first Atlantic 10 Championship in 2010-11, the Spiders advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16, and in 2015, Brunt helped Richmond earn a top-four seed in the National Invitation Tournament, falling to eventual runner-up Miami in the quarterfinals.
In seven of the last eight seasons, Brunt and the Spiders defeated 12 nationally-ranked opponents, and Richmond has defeated 13 of its last 28 BCS opponents under Brunt’s tutelage. From 2009-14, Richmond had more league wins than any other current Atlantic 10 school, averaging 21.5 wins over that span.
In addition to on-court coaching, Brunt was responsible for scheduling that led to the Spiders being a consistent top-100 RPI team and led to an NCAA Tournament at-large bid in 2010. Richmond finished in the top-100 of the RPI in five of the last six seasons, including ending the year 25th in 2010 and 41st in 2011.
In his six seasons as an assistant, Brunt was integral in signing some of the most highly touted recruits in school history, beating out BCS programs in the process. In 2011 Richmond’s Justin Harper was selected 32nd overall in the NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, then was traded to the Orlando Magic, which he played for during the 2011-12 season. Brunt also mentored Spider student-athletes in academics, helping the men’s basketball team achieve its highest GPA on record.
Before joining the Spiders basketball staff in the summer of 2005, Brunt was an assistant coach at his alma mater Randolph-Macon for the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons. At Randolph-Macon, Brunt was involved in all aspects of coaching, including player development, recruiting, monitoring academics, film exchange and breakdown, opponent scouting and on-court coaching.
Brunt received a bachelor’s degree in international relations with a concentration in business economics from Randolph-Macon in 2003. He is married to the former Erica Glasper. The couple has two daughters, Peyton and Price.