"His story should appeal to fans (prison & sports lit) - and any directors ripe for a gut-busting and poignant screenplay." -- Jame Lee Rake, Shepherd Express (Milwaukee, WI), March 2002
"If you don't like the book, you can go to hell...Oakie did and wrote a book." -- Bob Ling, California Newspaper Publisher and Syndicated Columnist, February 2002
About the Author
After graduation, Brumm was appointed varsity hockey coach at the University of Wyoming for one year. Next, Brumm was recruited by the University of Alaska-Fairbanks to become the Athletic Director (which included coaching the hockey and basketball teams).
When Brumm returned to Marquette in 1953, Warden Emery Jacques was determined to lure him away from his Construction Superintendents position and hire him as the notorious prisons first Athletic and Recreation Director. During Brumms four year "adventure" at the prison, he also played and coached the Marquette Sentinels - a solid, semi-pro hockey team in the strong Northern Michigan-Ontario Hockey League.
After completing four danger-filled years of service (and the most comprehensive sports & recreation program ever installed in any prison) Brumm didnt want the law of combat averages to catch up with him. Subsequently, he departed from the Siberia of Michigan to join the family construction business.
During Brumms long and varied construction career, he took advantage of the winter layoffs to further develop his hockey playing and coaching abilities. Most of this was accomplished in the semi-pro United States Hockey League where Brumm was player-coach, and eventually - the coach of three different USHL teams: Des Moines (Iowa) Oak Leafs, Waterloo (Iowa) Blackhawks, and the Marquette (Michigan) Iron Rangers. In fifteen years, Brumms teams won four league championships and two playoff championships in this very tough league.
In 1980, Brumm left Marquette for Green Bay (Wisconsin) to continue extensive construction work. While in Green Bay, he coached the St. Norbert College hockey team for one season (12-12-1 record.)
In 1982, Brumm appointed the Construction Manager for a large International Construction Group doing projects in Kuwait. For the next five years, he managed road, bridge projects and the new Kuwait International Airport project. Again, Brumm blended sports and construction, co-founding the Kuwait National Hockey League in the mid 80's. He became the league's publicity director and served as the player-coach of his team that captured three playoff titles.
With the acceleration of the neighboring Iran-Iraq war looming, Brumm returned to the United States. In 1994, Brumm moved to Wisconsin to continue construction projects.
During 1995-1998, he took a "break" to coach the combined Brookfield (Wisconsin) high schools' hockey team to the state championship "Elite Eight" for their first and only time.
In 1992, Brumm was named to the Upper Peninsula (Michigan) Sports Hall of Fame.
Currently, he and his wife, Francis reside in Racine, Wisconsin. He continues to be active in the construction consulting business. In 2000, Brumm become the owner/editor of THE WISCONSIN HOCKEY NEWS, a statewide publication.