Head Coach Eric Brand
Head Coach Eric Brand enters his fourth season at the helm of the Cardinals. In three seasons the Cardinals have gone 25-45 as Coach Brand has worked to instill his culture of toughness, hard work, and academics. The 2020-2021 season saw the Cardinals have the highest team GPA in several years, while setting individual records on the basketball court.
Coach Brand brings a passion and energy to the Cardinal program from the top down. This is his fourth year at Southport after a one year stop at South Bend Riley, where he went 26-1 and made it to the final four of the IHSAA 4A tournament. During that season he was NIC Coach of the Year. His previous stops as assistant include Warren Central, Baylor University, New Mexico State University, and Texas State University.
Before getting into the coaching ranks, Coach Brand had a successful professional career playing basketball overseas.He played for Kelag Worthesee Piraten out of Austria where he was the league runner-up in 2001. While playing for the Geraldton Buccaneers in Australia, he earned league MVP honors averaging 35 points and 12 rebounds per game.
His college career is no different as Coach Brand had tremendous success at the NAIA level. He led Bethel College to three NAIA national titles and one runner-up finish during his four years. He was inducted into the Bethel College Hall of Fame in 2003 as their all time leading scorer and he now sits in the NAIA Hall of Fame after having been inducted in 2018. Most recently he was inducted in to the small college basketball Hall of Fame.