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Brian Niemuth
Brian Niemuth
Title: Head Women's Basketball Coach
Phone: 515-961-1670

Niemuth's Credentials
  • Entering 33rd season as head coach in 2019-20
  • 593 career wins
  • 361 career conference wins, most in league history
  • 11 IIAC Championships
  • 11 NCAA Tournament Appearances
  • 3 NCAA Sweet 16 Appearances
Career Honors & Awards
  • 7x IIAC Coach of the Year
  • 3x WBCA District Coach of the Year
  • 2013 West Region Coach of the Year
In the Division III Record Books
  • 10th most wins among active coaches
  • 39th highest winning percentage among active coaches (.695)
  • 20th most wins all-time 
In the All-Divisions Record Books
  • 39th most wins among active coaches
  • t-30th most seasons with one team

In 32 years on the sidelines, Brian Niemuth has transformed the women’s basketball program at Simpson into one of the most well-respected in the American Rivers Conference, the region and the nation. Niemuth’s up-tempo, full-court style of play produces points – and wins – in bunches.

Niemuth recently stepped down as Simpson's Athletic Director after running the department from 2013-18. Under Niemuth, the coaching staff built team rosters that encompassed more than 40 percent of all Simpson College students. He also oversaw athletic fundraising activities that generated more than $200,000 annually in support of athletics programs.

The 2019-20 season marks Niemuth’s 33rd year at the helm. Since taking over in 1987, the Storm are 593-265 under Niemuth, winning 11 conference titles, seven conference tournament championships and making 11 NCAA Tournament appearances. He owns seven Iowa Conference Coach of the Year awards, three Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) District Coach of the Year awards and one West Region Coach of the Year award. He led the Storm to Sweet 16 appearances in 2007, 2008 and 2013.

Niemuth fielded one of the finest Simpson teams ever in 2012-13, guiding the Storm to a school-record tying 27 wins, an Iowa Conference Championship, a trip to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament and climbing as high as No. 6 in the USA Today/WBCA Top 25 Coaches Poll. He also added to his list of individual achievements, becoming the 20th women's basketball coach in NCAA Division III history to reach the 500-win mark when Simpson beat Loras 75-62 on Feb. 9. He earned Iowa Conference Coach of the Year honors, West Region Coach of the Year honors and saw senior forward, Kate Nielsen, take home Iowa Conference Player of the Year honors. Nielsen also became the first Simpson women's basketball player to be named as a finalist for WBCA Division III Player of the Year.

The 2011-12 season was another one of milestones for Niemuth, who became the winningest coach in Iowa Conference play when he picked up No. 294 in a win over Wartburg on Jan. 21, passing legendary Luther coach Jane Hildebrand (293 IIAC wins in 27 seasons from 1984-2011). He went on to earn his 300th league win Feb. 15 when Simpson beat Central 81-63, clinching the conference title. At season’s end, Niemuth took home Iowa Conference Coach of the Year honors for the sixth time in his illustrious career.

The winningest coach in the history of women’s basketball at Simpson, Niemuth won the 400th game of his career at home against Luther on Jan. 7, 2009 (73-43).

Entering the 2017-18 season, Niemuth ranked 10th among active Division III coaches with 559 wins and was 20th in Division III history. 

In addition to performing on the floor, Niemuth’s teams also excel in the classroom. Simpson makes an annual appearance on the WBCA’s Academic Top 25 Honor Roll, ranking first in the Iowa Conference and fifth in the nation with a 3.559 team GPA in 2012-13. Simpson led the Iowa Conference and ranked in the top-10 nationally in team GPA for six straight seasons.

In a career full conference championships and NCAA Tournament appearances, it is difficult to decipher one as the best. But in 1999, Niemuth’s Storm achieved a feat unequaled in the history of the conference, going a perfect 20-0 during league play. Simpson has been ranked as high as No. 2 in both the USA Today/WBCA Division III and polls during Niemuth’s tenure.

Prior to his arrival at Simpson, Niemuth served as an assistant basketball coach at Park College in Kansas City, Mo. for two years; one with the men’s team and one with the women’s team. He was an assistant coach at Dallas Center-Grimes (Iowa) High School. Niemuth also served as an assistant baseball coach for Simpson from 1991-1997.

The Kansas City, Mo. native was an All-Conference player and team co-captain for two years at Park. He also earned honorable mention All-American honors in baseball for Park after beginning his baseball career at the University of Missouri. 

Niemuth received his bachelor’s degree from Grand View College in 1988 and earned his master’s degree in sports management at Iowa State University during the summer of 1997.

Brian and his wife, Beth, reside in Altoona, Iowa. Their daughter, Brooke, is a 2015 Simpson graduate.

Year-by-Year at Simpson

Year Overall Record Conf. Record Conf. Finish Notes
1987-88 15-10 9-7 3rd  
1988-89 15-11 11-5 3rd  
1989-90 18-7 10-6 4th  
1990-91 14-12 9-7 4th  
1991-92 18-7 12-4 3rd  
1992-93 11-13 7-9 5th  
1993-94 13-12 8-8 5th  
1994-95 15-10 9-7 4th  
1995-96 15-9 8-8 4th  
1996-67 11-14 6-10 6th  
1997-98 21-4 16-4 t-1st  
1998-99 24-2 20-0 1st IIAC Champions
NCAA Tourmament
1999-00 23-5 16-4 1st IIAC Champions
IIAC Tournament Champions
NCAA Tournament
2000-01 20-7 15-5 2nd  
2001-02 19-9 11-7 4th  
2002-03 21-7 14-4 t-1st IIAC Champions
2003-04 19-8 12-4 2nd  
2004-05  22-7 12-4 2nd  IIAC Tournament Champions
NCAA Tournament 
2005-06 24-5 15-1 1st   IIAC Champions
IIAC Tournament Champions
NCAA Tournament
2006-07 23-7 12-4  t-2nd  NCAA Sweet 16
2007-08 27-3 15-1 1st  IIAC Champions
IIAC Tournament Champions
NCAA Sweet 16 
2008-09 24-4 14-2 1st  IIAC Champions
IIAC Tournament Champions
NCAA Tournament 
2009-10 23-6 13-3  t-1st  IIAC Co-Champions
IIAC Tournament Champions
NCAA Tournament
2010-11 22-7 14-2 t-1st  IIAC Co-Champions
NCAA Tournament
2011-12 21-7 13-3 1st IIAC Champions
NCAA Tournament 
2012-13 27-3 13-1 1st IIAC Champions
IIAC Tournament Champions
NCAA Sweet 16
2013-14 14-12 9-5 4th  
2014-15 16-10 6-8 t-5th  
2015-16 15-11 8-6 t-4th  
2016-17 9-16 6-10 t-6th  
2017-18 14-13 7-9 6th  
2018-19 20-7 11-5   3rd A-R-C Tournament Semifinals
32 seasons 593-265 overall, 361-163 conference