Tom Brennan (basketball, born 1949)

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Tom Brennan
Biographical details
Born (1949-05-02) May 2, 1949 (age 74)
Phillipsburg, New Jersey, U.S.
Playing career
1968–1971 Georgia
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1971–1972Georgia (asst.)
1972–1973 Seton Hall (asst.)
1973–1975 Villanova (asst.)
1976–1977 FDU-Florham
1977–1982 William & Mary (asst.)
1982–1986 Yale
1986–2005 Vermont
Head coaching record
Overall310–334 (.474)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
2 America East regular season (2002, 2005)
3 America East tournament (20032005)
Awards
3x America East Coach of the Year (1991, 1998, 2002)

Tom Brennan (born May 2, 1949) is a radio and television sportscaster and former men's basketball head coach at the University of Vermont from 1986 to 2005.

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Coaching career

Raised in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, Brennan graduated as the all-time leading scorer at Phillipsburg Catholic High School. [1] Brennan graduated from the University of Georgia in 1971, where, as a senior, he received the men's basketball team leadership award.

He began his coaching after graduating in the fall of 1971 as a graduate assistant at Georgia under Ken Rosemond. Sandwiched around a year as head basketball and baseball coach at Division III Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey, Brennan was an assistant under college basketball coaches Rollie Massimino at Villanova, Bill Raftery at Seton Hall and Bruce Parkhill at William & Mary. In 1982, he was named head coach at Yale where he crafted a four-year record of 46–58, including back-to-back seasons of 14–12 and 13–13. At Yale, he coached players such as Earl "Butch" Graves and NBA veteran Chris Dudley.

In 19 years at Vermont, Brennan led the Catamounts to four 20+ win seasons, three America East championships and UVM's first three NCAA Tournament appearances, including the school's first NCAA Tournament win over BIG EAST champion Syracuse in 2005. Brennan is one of two coaches in America East history to lead his team to three consecutive conference titles.

Brennan's last four Vermont teams brought unprecedented positive national publicity to the men's basketball program and to the school. [2] During his last season, Vermont became the first and only America East team to sell out every one of its home games at Patrick Gymnasium. During the second half of the 2004–05 season the Catamounts were the subject of five parts of ESPN's critically acclaimed nationally televised series, 'The Season.' UVM's upset also was nominated for an ESPY award in 2005.

Standouts that Brennan coached at Vermont include Eddie Benton, the 1996 winner of the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award given to the nation's top senior less than 6-feet tall, Matt Johnson, Kevin Roberson, Trevor Gaines, T.J. Sorrentine and Taylor Coppenrath, a finalist in 2005 for both the John Wooden and James Naismith National Player of the Year Awards, the first and only America East player to be on a final ballot for National Player of the Year.

Broadcast career

During his coaching career, Brennan co-hosted a morning radio show in Burlington, Vermont called "Corm and the Coach," with radio personality Steve Cormier, which began on WIZN-FM 106.7 FM in 1992. In 1998, [3] the pair moved to WCVP-FM 101.3 and WCVR-FM 102.1 until July 2008, [4] when Brennan decided to retire from his position as morning radio personality. In November 2009, Brennan and Cormier teamed up again to bring "Corm and the Coach" briefly back on the air on 107.1 WNMR before moving to television on WCAXtra TV and on the internet on NSN.net until 2011. Brennan delivers Saturday Night Live -style sports reports and his thoughts on basketball, politics, entertainment, local news and psychology. The Coach's repertoire also included live, pre-dawn wake-up calls to his players and coaching colleagues. In the 2003 and 2004 off-seasons, he also was a co-host on several ESPN national radio shows.

After his retirement from coaching in 2005, Brennan joined ESPN working as a college basketball studio analyst as well as doing color commentary across the ESPN family of networks. He worked at ESPN until 2009. In December 2010, Brennan joined Sirius XM Radio as a co-host of College Basketball Today that airs during the college hoops season. [5] [6] Brennan also does radio commentary for college basketball on Westwood One, now known as Dial Global Sports, [7] as well as television work for NBC Sports Network, appearing as a college basketball analyst on NBC SportsTalk.

Accomplishments

Family

Brennan and his wife, Lynn reside on Lake Champlain in Colchester, Vermont. He has two children: Kelly, who graduated from UVM in 1993 and Brian who was a standout guard at Indiana (Pa.) University, which reached the NCAA D-II Elite Eight in 2000. He has four grandchildren; Caleb, Brennan, Ryder, and Jordan.

Head coaching record

Statistics overview
SeasonTeamOverallConferenceStandingPostseason
Yale Bulldogs (Ivy League)(1982–1986)
1982–83 Yale 12–147–73rd
1983–84 Yale 7–194–108th
1984–85 Yale 14–127–74th
1985–86 Yale 13–137–74th
Yale:46–5825–31
Vermont Catamounts (America East Conference)(1986–2005)
1986–87 Vermont 5–233–15T-7th
1987–88 Vermont 3–242–1610th
1988–89 Vermont 6–214–149th
1989–90 Vermont 13–174–85th
1990–91 Vermont 15–135–5T-3rd
1991–92 Vermont 16–137–74th
1992–93 Vermont 10–174–10T-5th
1993–94 Vermont 12–153–117th
1994–95 Vermont 14–137–9T-4th
1995–96 Vermont 12–1510–86th
1996–97 Vermont 14–137–116th
1997–98 Vermont 16–1111–7T-3rd
1998–99 Vermont 11–167–116th
1999–2000 Vermont 16–1211–74th
2000–01 Vermont 12–177–11T-7th
2001–02 Vermont 21–813–3T-1st
2002–03 Vermont 21–1211–52nd NCAA Division I First Round
2003–04 Vermont 22–915–32nd NCAA Division I First Round
2004–05 Vermont 25–716–21st NCAA Division I Second Round
Vermont:264–276147–163
Total:310–334

      National champion        Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion        Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion      Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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References

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  2. Andy Katz (February 25, 2005). "Vt's Brennan going out in style". ESPN.com . Retrieved February 25, 2005.
  3. Mike Donoghue. "Champ 101.3 lays off DJs". Burlington Free Press . Retrieved March 21, 2009.[ dead link ]
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