Coach Brinkman is in his third year at Cedar Bluff High School where he serves as a middle and high school social studies teacher and the head football coach. He graduated from Pocahontas High School in Pocahontas, Iowa where he was a well-rounded athlete. After graduating high school, Coach Brinkman attended Grinnell College where he was a four-year starter on the football team. In 2012, Coach Brinkman was an All-Conference Defensive Lineman along with being a D3 Stars and Stripes All-Star Selection.
Coach Brinkman has six years of football coaching experience where he spent two years coaching at Grinnell College and four years at Midland University before coming to Cedar Bluffs. In his time as a football coach, he coached three all-conference players at Grinnell College, five all-conference players at Midland University and one all-state high school football player at Cedar Bluffs High School. Coach Brinkman has ties to Midland University, Concordia University, Morningside College, Grinnell College, West Texas A&M, Indiana University, Peru State College, Wayne State College, Missouri Valley College, and Tarleton State University.