Dan Engelstad (82-28, .745) will be entering his fifth season as head coach for Southern Vermont in the 2017-18 season.
The 2015-16 season saw the program reach new heights as it captured its first-ever New England Collegiate Conference Championship and earned its second berth to the Division III NCAA tournament. The Mountaineers lost to Tufts (Elite 8) in the first round of the NCAA III Tournament. Engelstad then helped bring SVC back to the playoffs for the fourth-straight year in 2017 as Southern Vermont went back to the NECC championship round for the third-consecutive season.
Engelstad was selected by his peers as the league's Coach of the Year once again in 2016 after leading the Mountaineers to their second-straight undefeated league schedule (16-0) and a 24-4 overall record in 2015-16. He was chosen as the HoopDirt.com Coach of the Week on February 22, and he became the all-time winningest coach for the Southern Vermont program with his 62nd victory at the helm of the team on February 18.
During the season, the SVC team received weekly recognition in the NCAA DIII Northeast regional ranking and received votes for the national top 25 ranking. The program beat top talent throughout the region and competed on the national stage at the Hoopsville Tournament in Maryland. SVC also won its third consecutive Tri-State Shootout Tournament.
Additionally, the program saw individual accolades: Senior Deshawn Hamlet was selected to the All-NECC First Team, and fellow senior Casey Hall was voted to the All-NECC Second Team.
In 2014-15 Engelstad led the Mountaineers to a 25-4 mark, the program’s best record ever, en route to being selected as the NECC Coach of the Year. With an undefeated mark in regular season conference play (16-0), the Mountaineers finished first in the league standings. After making it to the NECC Championship, his crew was invited to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III New England tournament as the No. 1 seed; the Mountaineers took care of business, capturing SVC’s first ever ECAC title in any sport. In addition to being the NECC Coach of the Year in 2015, Engelstad saw his players collect major Conference accolades as well. His squad contained the NECC Player of the Year (DeShawn Hamlet), the NECC Rookie of the Year (Daemond Carter), and an All-NECC Honorable Mention (Dolapo Olugbile).
During the 2013-14 season (16-10), Engelstad guided Southern Vermont to one of the top turn-arounds in the country. The team started the season with a win against nationally ranked Williams College, and the Mountaineers went on to win the Tri-State Tournament and finish fourth in the NECC, making the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
Prior to Southern Vermont, Engelstad served as an assistant coach for three years from 2010-13 at the College of the Holy Cross. He recruited across the country and helped strengthen the Patriot League team.
Engelstad started his career at Mount St. Mary’s University as an assistant coach from 2007-10. In the 2007-08 season, he was the youngest coach at the Division I level. The Mountaineers made one trip to the NCAA Tournament during his three years on staff, losing to the University of North Carolina in the first round of the 2008 tournament.
Outside of NCAA basketball, Dan Engelstad and SVC assistant coach AJ Mahar have competed in The Basketball Tournament, otherwise known as ‘TBT.’ The tournament is an open-application, 5-on-5, single-elimination, winner-take-all contest with a grand prize of $1 million awarded to the undefeated team. Engelstad jumped at the opportunity to coach these highly-talented players who have plated at high major DI colleges, professional overseas teams, and in the NBA. He was able to learn from their successful individual careers and their knowledge of the game.
Engelstad is a 2007 graduate of St. Mary’s College (Md.) with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He served as a team captain (2004-07) for the Seahawks and graduated as the school’s all-time leader with 419 career assists. Engelstad was also an intern in the Washington Wizards front office in 2006 and coached the Walt Whitman Varsity Summer League team in 2005 and 2006.
Engelstad, who married the former Camille Trainor (assistant coach for the SVC softball team) September 6, 2015, resides in Bennington, Vt. The two welcomed their daughter, Laney Anne-Marie, to the world in late June of 2017.
The 2017-18 season will be the 10th for Dave Bromirski as an assistant coach for the Mountaineers. Coach Bromirski played his high school ball for St. Mary's Academy in Hoosick Falls, N.Y. After high school, he played one year at Unity College in Unity, Maine before transferring to SUNY Plattsburgh and playing two more seasons of varsity.
He has been both a varsity high school head coach and varsity assistant coach at St. Mary's Academy, Bishop Maginn and Cambridge Central School. At both Bishop Maginn & Cambridge, Coach Bromirski was part of Section 2 championship teams.
Bromirski has coached AAU for the Adirondack Highlanders and qualified his AU16 team for the national AAU tournament. Coach Bromirski also has worked at basketball camps at Williams College, College of Saint Rose and at the Green Mountain Basketball Camp.
Coach Bromirski is a teacher and the Athletic Director at St. Mary's Academy in Hoosick Falls, N.Y.
He lives in Cambridge, N.Y. with his wife, Bridget. They have two sons and a daughter, all collegiate athletes with the youngest, William, being a 2016 SVC graduate.
For more information on the Southern Vermont College men's basketball program, contact Coach Engelstad at email@example.com or call (802) 447-4012.
DeShawn Hamlet rejoined the Southern Vermont men's basketball program as an assistant coach prior to the start of the 2017 preseason after being a standout player in the Mountaineer uniform.
Hamlet was a four-year forward for SVC before graduating in 2016 with his bachelor's in Business Administration/Sports Management. He was the ninth Mountaineer to score 1,000 career points and finished his time at Southern Vermont with the second-most points in team history (1,549). Hamlet was one of the best to ever play in the New England Collegiate Conference--garnering the league's Player of the Year honor in 2015 before being named to his second-straight All-NECC First Team the following year; he was also selected as the NECC Player of the Week five times in his career.
Coach Hamlet's 718 rebounds while a Mountaineer have him sitting at third on the school's all-time list, and he grabbed the fourth-most steals in team history with 123. He also graduated with the second-best free throw percentage among SVC players who took at least 250 shots from the line--connecting on 327-of-456 attempt for a 71.7 percent success rate.
Alex Burt became an assistant coach for the Southern Vermont men’s basketball team in November 2017. He brought a slew of stellar playing experience to Bennington which included a pair of professional stints across the Atlantic.
Coach Burt had most recently played for BBG Herford in Germany in the summer of 2017, and he spent the fall of 2015 with Derbyshire Arrows in England. While in the United Kingdom, he was also the head coach of the Sheffield University men’s team.
Burt graduated from Plymouth State University in 2015 with a bachelor’s in physical education (applied health fitness) and a minor in professional sales. While at PSU, he made over 100 appearances for the Panthers as a four-year player—71 of those being starts. In that time, he amassed 1,045 points (10.0/game) with 450 of those coming from downtown; Burt also totaled 307 rebounds, 165 assists, and 79 steals. His Plymouth State squad made the Little East Conference postseason tournament in each of the four years he was there, and he was named to the 2011 LEC All-rookie Team.
Burt has spent time working for Collins Sports Center in New Hampshire as an inside sales representative and territory manager, and he also worked for his hometown of Derry, N.H. while an undergraduate student.