Kyle Gerdeman has been instrumental in Central Michigan`s success on and off the court during his five years with the program.
Gerdeman's principle responsibilities include academics and scheduling. On the court, his focus is on rebounding. He also oversees the statistical analysis of the team, identifying trends and tendencies and then implementing those results on the court.
The Chippewas return their top four rebounders in 2017-18, including Cecil Williams, who averaged a team-best 6.0 boards per game a year ago. The Chippewas ranked third in the Mid-American Conference at 38.9 rebounds per game.
Under Gerdeman's tutelage, 2016 graduate John Simons became the first player in program history to lead his team in rebounding in four consecutive years. Simons ranks sixth in program history with 776 boards.
In Gerdeman's tenure at CMU under Keno Davis, the program has made major strides in the area of academics. In 2017, CMU landed two players on the Academic All-MAC team, while in 2016, four Chippewas -- twice as many as any other team – were named to the honor squad, marking the third consecutive year that the Chippewas had the most players honored among league members.
In the last four seasons, six Chippewas have combined to earn Academic All-MAC honors 14 times.
In 2016, six CMU student-athletes were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court, and one year prior CMU was one of 19 NCAA Division I programs to earn the Team Academic Excellence Award from the NABC.
Prior to coming to CMU, Gerdeman served as an assistant for three years at Southeast Missouri State, and prior to that was the head coach at Moberly Area (Mo.) Community College for three years.
Gerdeman assembled recruiting classes at Southeast Missouri State that helped the Redhawks more than double their win total in his three seasons on the staff. He helped develop Leon Powell, the nation's leader in field goal percentage in 2010-11.
Gerdeman, a Wright City, Mo. Native, also spent a combined nine seasons serving as an assistant coach at Mineral (Mo.) Area College, at Moberly, and at East Central College (Mo.).
During his time in the junior college ranks Gerdeman helped recruit and develop 23 players who went on to play at the NCAA Division I level, including 2005 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Player of the Year Eddie Smith.
He also mentored five NJCAA All-Americans, was part of three Region XVI championship teams, and assisted Moberly to a fifth-place finish in the 2002 NJCAA National Tournament.
Gerdeman holds a master's degree in education from Central Methodist University. He and his wife, Angie, have three children, Alyssa, Karson and Harper.