When Regis University men’s basketball coach Brady Bergeson took over the program during the 2015-16 season, he was looking for a program-changing player.
The Rangers hadn’t won more than 10 games in a season in a decade, and Bergeson knew he’d need a strong player to reset the tone. He needed a scorer, a player who welcomed pressure and an athlete who would never be outworked.
He needed Jarret Brodbeck.
“Getting someone like him was imperative,” Bergeson said. “He’s an average athlete that absolutely outworked everyone. Who you start with says a lot about where you’re going. He and some others that signed in first class were huge to what we wanted to do.”
Brodbeck certainly left his mark on Regis and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. He helped Regis to three consecutive 20-win seasons, highlighted by the school’s first-ever RMAC Tournament Championship in 2017-18.
Brodbeck leaves the Rangers as the school’s all-time leading scorer. He took the record from Tony DuCros, who set it from 1972-76. Brodbeck also became the RMAC’s leader for most career 3-pointers.
“I knew I could be a player,” Brodbeck said. “But my accolades highlight our team. With the scoring record, I didn’t know I broke it. I found out at a gas station outside of Durango.”
Brodbeck’s work ethic is something of folklore. It started in high school, where he’d spend two to three hours shooting in the gym. He’d spend additional hours at a local 24 Hour Fitness.
This work ethic continued at Regis, where Brodbeck shot hour after hour. He suspects he took more than 50,000 shots in the Field House. The business management major isn’t sure what’s next. He may continue basketball or he may pursue a different career.
Either way, Brodbeck left a lasting legacy at Regis that won’t be forgotten.
“What made us successful was we were always competitive in what we did. Whether it was tic-tac-toe or in the RMAC championship,” Brodbeck said. “I’ve always been very goal oriented. I set goals before the season. I set goals to be the best, but I know if your team is winning, you’re probably doing OK yourself.”