Local Coaches Join Windsor Express

(WINDSOR, ON) – Jerry Brumpton and Gary Mazza will join head coach Bill Jones when the Express open their 40-game schedule at home on Friday, Nov. 2 at the WFCU Centre against the Halifax Rainmen.

“We are delighted that these two coaches will be joining our staff. They bring a vast knowledge and many years of experience to our team,” said Express CEO and President Dartis Willis.

Coach Brumpton holds the record of most wins in all of senior boys high school basketball in Windsor. Guiding WE Lowe, from 1966 to 1998, Brumpton amassed an outstanding record of 734 wins and 260 loses for a winning percentage of .738. He won 15 city championships and eight OFSAA titles.

“Plain and simple, coach Brumpton knows how to win and we know he will bring that winning attitude as a teacher and a motivator to our organization,” said Willis.

Brumpton coached dozens of players that went on to college careers including Windsor’s Mike Brkovich who, along with Magic Johnson, helped Michigan win the 1979 Division I NCAA title.

The coach was instrumental in starting up the St. Clair College Summer Basketball Camp that ran from 1978 to 2000. An inductee and now Chairman of the Windsor-Essex Sports Hall of Fame, Brumpton continues to be a vital member of the Windsor sports community.

Windsor Express Assistant Coach Gary Mazza.Gary Mazza, is a former Big 10 baseball team player as he captained the Purdue University team for two years before finding his true passion, coaching basketball. Coach Mazza has been on the court since 1975 and has coached from high school and community teams right up to professional. He was an assistant coach to Herb Brown with Tucson of the Western Basketball Association and helped guide the Detroit Spirit to to the CBA championship in 1983.

A real student of the game, Coach Mazza continues to learn more about the game every day which he passes along to the Windsor Express players.

“I like to come up with my own thoughts and ideas,” said Coach Mazza after a recent Express practice.

Windsor Express owner Dartis Willis (left) and head coach Bill Jones (right) welcome coaches Jerry Brumpton (l-c) and Royal Church (r-c) at John Atkinson Community Centre.


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