In his third year as an assistant coach on the UIC baseball staff is J.T. Bruett. The former collegiate and professional outfielder will work with all of UIC's hitters as well as its young outfielders this season in addition to coaching third base.
Last season, the Flames hitters, led by J.P. Moran's .358 batting average, topped the Midwestern Collegiate Conference with a .332 team batting average in addition to leading the league with a .512 slugging percentage and a .411 on-base percentage. Additionally, UIC's 113 doubles set a new school record, surpassing the old mark of 108 set in 1986 and 1991.
Bruett spent the 1997-98 season working as a volunteer assistant coach with Flames Head Coach Mike Dee at the University of Minnesota. His duties with the Golden Gophers included overseeing the outfield defense, baserunning and strength and conditioning while also coaching first base.
A three-year letterwinner for the Golden Gophers from 1986-88, Bruett is second on Minnesota's career list with 77 steals while his 41 base thefts in 1988 ranks second on the single season chart. In his first season at Minnesota, Bruett was a part of the Golden Gophers squad that compiled a 40-19 overall record and finished first in the Big Ten's West Division. His final two years, the Golden Gophers qualified for the NCAA Tournament's West I Regional.
Following a stellar collegiate career, Bruett was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 11th round of the 1988 amateur draft and he spent eight years in the pros including two in the Major Leagues with the Twins in 1992 and 1993.
A 1993 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Bruett is currently pursuing his master’s degree at UIC.