Former OCC Blue Knight standout Chase Brinkley has been added to the Olney Central College Men's Basketball Team's coaching staff for 2016-2017. Brinkley, a Paris, IL, native will join Shannon Hough on Coach Mike Burris' staff. Chase returns to Olney where he played for Coach Burris from 2009-2011.
The University of Illinois Springfield graduate was a two-year guard for the Stars after being a two-year starter and team captain at OCC. At, UIS, Brinkley helped the program reach the post-season for the first time in its history in 2011-2012. In the process, he paced UIS in 3-point shooting at 52.2 percent. With a double-major of history and teacher education, he was also a Great Lakes Valley Conference Academic All-Conference selection.
At Olney Central, Brinkley was also a GRAC Academic All-Conference honoree and landed the GRAC All-Conference Sportsmanship Award. As a sophomore at OCC, he averaged nine points per game and shot nearly 80 percent at the free throw line.
Brinkley has meshed his collegiate playing career with coaching opportunities to build his early basketball teaching profile. He spent the 2013-2014 season as a student assistant coach at Illinois Springfield, In that role, he handled travel arrangements, organized community outreach efforts, developed individual workouts, and assisted the head coach with practice and in-game strategy. Brinkley also monitored player academic progress and played a central role in the UIS summer basketball camps in 2012 and 2013. In addition, Brinkley was a volunteer coach at Lincoln Christian University's 2009 summer camps.
While student teaching at Marshall (IL) High School, he was an assistant with the Lions varsity basketball and football programs. Brinkley also spent the summer of 2011 as a volunteer assistant coach at Shiloh High School. Brinkley was the head coach of the All-In Elite AAU Basketball Program in 2014, Other AAU and summer basketball related duties in Brinkley's coaching resume' include being an instructor for beginning and developing players with the Illinois Blue Devils AAU program's 2012 Summer All-Star Camp.
Coach Burris on Brinkley: "We are thrilled to add a former player to our staff. He knows what its like to play for me which will be vital for our current players. Chase played the game the right way. Chase was one of the hardest working players we have ever had here. He will be an outstanding coach and impact our student-athletes in a positive manner."
*some bio information obtained from Vincennes University SID Troy Guthrie