|ROOTES' CAREER RECORD
Brad Rootes enters his third year as the Head Coach of the Brock Badgers men's basketball program.
When Rootes was hired in 2010, he was the youngest full-time head coach in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) at the age of 26 and one of the youngest in North America. He is the sixth head coach in the program’s 43-year history.
Rootes, a native of Niagara Falls, has been with the Brock coaching staff since 2008-09 as an assistant coach.
In his first two seasons as head coach, Rootes has posted a 32-38 overall record (19-25 OUA) and this past season led his team to the postseason for the first time in three years.
He also spent two seasons coaching for the Ontario Basketball Association. In 2009, Rootes led the U15 Team Ontario Boys to a gold medal at the national championships in Kamloops, BC and in 2010 was named head coach of the U17 Team Ontario Boys.
In 2008 as the captain of Brock’s CIS National Championship team, Rootes was named an OUA first team all-star for his fifth consecutive season. He became the first player at the University to be named a conference all-star all five seasons. He was also selected as the OUA West Player of the Year and a second team all-Canadian for his second straight season.
In the Brock record books, Rootes is the all-time leader in career free throws made (732-for-922) and steals (327). He also finished his university career ranked 2nd all-time in scoring (2790), assists (1173) and three-pointers made (376-for-1059).
After graduating, Rootes played one season professionally in Ukraine for Politekhnika Halychyna of the Ukrainian Super League.
At the first annual Brock Basketball Gala in 2008, Rootes became the fourth Brock basketball player to have his jersey retired. In 2010, he was inducted into both the Niagara Falls Sports Hall of Fame and the A. N. Myer Sports Hall of Fame.
The Niagara Region basketball legend has been coaching for over 50 years. Prior to his coaching career beginning Mugs won the provincial high school championships three years in a row as the starting point guard for Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame coach “the Chief” Jimmy Rose.
He has coach at almost every school in the Niagara Region and most of the best players including formal National Team player and coach and current Toronto Raptors head coach Jay Triano, as well as former National Team players Greg Newton (Duke University) and Pete Guarasci (Fairfield/Simon Fraser).
Brian has been with the Brock program from 1990-95 and 2003-present winning both National Championships in 1992 and 2008.
At the 2012 Brock Athletics Awards Dinner, Mulligan received the Director's Award for his dedication and contribution to Brock men's basketball.
Whitty enters his second season as an assistant coach with the Brock men's basketball program.
Prior to moving to coaching, Whitty played three seasons with the Badgers from 2008-2011. In his career he played in 66 games registering 564 points (8.5 PPG), 229 rebounds (3.5 RPG), 196 assists (3.0 APG) and 81 steals. He had a career 33.4 FG% (172-for-515), 33.3 3PT% (107-for-321) and 73.4 FT% (113-for-154). In his rookie season he was named to the OUA All-Rookie Team.