Lake Erie College names Brooklyn Kohlheim as women’s basketball head coach

Athletics,

The Lake Erie College Department of Athletics has announced the hiring of Brooklyn Kohlheim as the new women’s basketball head coach.  

Director of Athletics Kelley Kish said, “After an extensive national search, we are thrilled to welcome Brook to Lake Erie. We look forward to the impact Brook will have as a proven NCAA DII winner who values the full student-athlete experience with academic and athletic excellence.”   

Head Coach Kohlheim said, “I am honored to have been given the opportunity by Kelley Kish, President Posler and Lake Erie College to bring a winning tradition to the women’s basketball program. I am looking forward to working with and developing the current student-athletes and recruit additional pieces that will get the program moving in the right direction. Lake Erie College is a special place, and I am ecstatic to be a part of the college and community."

Kohlheim’s most recent stop was at Michigan Tech as an assistant coach. She spent the 2017 season with the Huskies and helped lead them to a 23-6 overall record and a 17-3 record in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).  With Kohlheim’s assistance the Huskies climbed as high as 10th in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) national rankings.

During her stay at Michigan Tech, four student-athletes earned All-GLIAC honors, and three Huskies earned the GLIAC Player of the Week distinction. Michigan Tech advanced into the 2018 GLIAC tournament and received a large bid into the 2018 Division II NCAA Tournament.

“Brook has tremendous experience in the Midwest Region and highest levels of NCAA DII across the country. Her coaching background and competitiveness will help our team build on this year’s Great Midwest Athletic Conference Tournament appearance,” Kish said.  

Prior to her arrival at Michigan Tech, Kohlheim was an assistant coach at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She spent five seasons there, 2011-12 through 2014-15 and 2016-17.

At NSU, she helped build the program into one of the premier programs at the NCAA Division II level. The Sharks spent three consecutive years in the Top 25 of the WBCA Coaches Poll, receiving a number one ranking during that time.

Kohlheim helped guide the Sharks to back-to-back Sunshine State Conference Tournament Championships (2013-14 and 2014-15) and SSC regular season titles during the 2012-13 and 2014-15 seasons. At the national level, Nova Southeastern appeared and hosted two consecutive NCAA South Region Tournament Championships (2012-13 and 2013-14), punched a ticket to the NCAA Elite Eight tournament twice (2012-13 and 2014-15) and played in one Final Four in 2013-14. The Sharks had an overall record of 29-5 during the 2013-14 Final Four campaign.

Kohlheim led NSU’s recruiting efforts, focusing on drawing not only players with high talent but also players who were passionate about academics, had great character and adopted the vision of the program.

Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Nova Southeastern University LeAnn Freeland-Curry said, “Brook is one of the most motivated coaches I have ever met. She is driven to recruit high level players and works diligently to make sure the players are prepared for every game. I’m excited to see her excel as the head coach at Lake Erie.”

Kohlheim also spent two seasons at the University of Indianapolis, where she helped lead the team to a NCAA Division II Tournament appearance in 2010. For two seasons, she served as girls' basketball head coach at Bishop Verot Catholic High School in Fort Myers, Florida.

As a student-athlete, Kohlheim played basketball at Florida Southern College, an NCAA Division II school where she was a four-year starter. She earned SSC All-Freshman Team honors in 2002 and led the Mocs to an SSC tournament title and NCAA appearance in 2003. She is the program’s all-time leader in free throw percentage and 3-pointers made.

Florida Southern Director of Athletics and Dean of Wellness Pete Meyer said, “Brook was an outstanding player and leader of our women’s basketball program as a student-athlete at Florida Southern. I have no doubt she will use that experience combined with her years as an assistant coach to lead the Storm to new heights!”

Her past supervisors are confident Kohlheim will shine as head coach.

Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Michigan Tech Kimberly Cameron said, “Coach K has endless energy and enthusiasm for the game. When she walks into the gym she is passionate about what everyone is going to accomplish that day. Her ability to connect with her players is unique and special. Lake Erie is fortunate to have her leading the way for their women's basketball program."

Lake Erie College is proud to continue its long athletic tradition. We welcome Head Coach Kohlheim to Storm Athletics and look forward to a strong upcoming season.

For more information, contact Director of Athletics Kelley Kish at kkish@lec.edu or 440-375-7480.

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