The University of Arizona announced on Tuesday that Brent Brennan is the new head coach for the Wildcats football program. Brennan, who was with San Jose State for the past seven seasons, is taking over from Jedd Fisch, who left for Washington after one year in Tucson.
Brennan, aged 50, used to work as a graduate assistant and assistant coach under the renowned Arizona coach Dick Tomey, who holds the record for the most wins in the program's history. Brennan's brother, Bradley Brennan, was a wide receiver for the Wildcats, and his wife, Courtney, graduated from the university.
Brennan achieved an impressive transformation at San Jose State. In his initial season in 2017, the Spartans had a 1-11 record, but he turned things around, leading them to a 7-1 record and a Mountain West championship in 2020.
For his outstanding coaching, he earned the title of Mountain West Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year award in that season.
In addition, he successfully led San Jose State to three bowl games in four years, securing a victory against Ball State in the 2020 Arizona Bowl. In 2022 and 2023, he made history as the first coach in the school's record to achieve back-to-back winning seasons for the Spartans.
Brennan played a key role in the development of several players who later joined the NFL. This includes defensive end Cade Hall, quarterback Nick Starkel, and wide receiver Tre Walker.
Brennan expressed his excitement to return to Arizona and become the head coach at the University of Arizona. He aims to continue the legacy of excellence, integrity, and passion built by former coach Tomey.
Brennan plans to introduce an exciting and balanced style of football, focusing on both offense and defense. He also emphasizes recruiting from Arizona and the West Coast, building strong relationships with high school coaches and players.
Additionally, he intends to promote a culture of accountability, discipline, teamwork, and academic success among the players, with the ultimate goal of competing for championships and making the Wildcat family proud.
Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke expressed his excitement in hiring Brennan, referring to him as an exceptional leader with a history of championship success. He mentioned Brennan's strong ties to the Tucson community and his understanding of the program's legacy, making him the ideal leader for Arizona football's new era.
The newly appointed head coach, Brent Brennan, has arrived in Arizona.
University president Dr. Robert C. Robbins also welcomed Brennan to the Wildcat family, highlighting his fit for the university and football program. He praised Brennan's understanding of the Bear Down spirit and his alignment with their values of academic excellence, integrity, and service.
Brennan will be officially introduced as the head coach at a forthcoming press conference and is expected to receive a five-year contract, pending approval from the Arizona Board of Regents, with the terms remaining undisclosed.
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