May 6, 2010
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Kevin Bromley, who served as the head coach at Cal Poly from 2001-09 and as an assistant beginning in 1995, has been named assistant coach at UC Santa Barbara, head coach Bob Williams announced Thursday.
"Kevin has more experience in the Big West Conference than anybody but Bob Thomason," Williams said, in reference to Pacific's longtime head coach. "He knows the Big West inside-out and he's had success.
"He also looks better in blue than green," Williams joked.
Bromley guided the Mustangs to their highest NCAA Division I victory total of 19 in the 2006-07 season. That same year, Cal Poly finished second in the Big West with a 9-5 record and advanced to the Big West Tournament championship game for the second time in school history. Bromley's squad also advanced to the title game in 2003.
"I'm very excited," Bromley said. "First of all, I'm excited at the opportunity to work with Coach Williams. We have great mutual respect, I've always liked the way his teams have played, and over the last few years we've become confidantes, talking about basketball and life."
Bromley joins a UCSB program that won the 2010 Big West regular season and tournament championships, advancing to the NCAA Tournament. The Gauchos return the majority of the players who keyed the success, including Big West Player of the Year Orlando Johnson and All-Big West guard James Nunnally.
"Coming off the year the team had and what it has coming back also makes this a great opportunity for me," he said. "I want to be a real team player, I want to have a positive impact on young men, and help produce a product that this great university and community can be proud of."
During Bromley's tenure in San Luis Obispo, the Mustangs had nearly 20 players named to the Big West's all-league and all-freshman teams, and two earned Freshman of the Year honors.
"Obviously Kevin's strength is that he knows everybody in the league," Williams said. "But he is also a very good offensive coach and he has great Midwest recruiting connections."
A native of Denver and a graduate of Colorado State, Bromley was Cal Poly's Associate Head Coach from 1995-2001. He took over the program on an interim basis during the 2000-01 season and then full-time in 2001-02. Prior to his arrival on the Central Coast, he spent time as an assistant coach at Southern Utah (1993-96), Cal Poly Pomona (1989-93), and Colorado State (1984-87). Bromley was also head coach at Chemeketa Community College in Oregon from 1987-89.
As a player, he played two seasons at Mid Plains Community College in Nebraska before a two-year stint at Colorado State.
Bromley replaces Brad Holland who left the Santa Barbara staff to accept a position as Executive Director of the Carlsbad Boys and Girls Club.