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Tom Brennan is a radio and television sportscaster and former men's basketball head coach, most notably at the University of Vermontmarker from 1986 to 2005.

Coaching career

Raised in Phillipsburg, New Jerseymarker, Brennan graduated as the all-time leading scorer at Phillipsburg Catholic High School. Brennan graduated from the University of Georgiamarker 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 Universitymarker in Madison, New Jerseymarker, Brennan was an assistant under college basketball coaches Rollie Massimino at Villanovamarker, Bill Raftery at Seton Hallmarker and Bruce Parkhill at William & Marymarker. In 1982 he was named head coach at Yalemarker 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 G. Graves, Jr. "Butch" and NBA veteran Chris Dudley.

Corm and the Coach

Brennan also co-hosted a morning radio show in Burlington, Vermontmarker called "Corm and the Coach," with radio personality Steve Cormier, which began on WIZN-FM 106.7 FM in 1992. In 1998 the pair moved to WCVP-FM 101.3 and WCVR-FM 102.1 until July 2008 when the Coach decided to retire from his position as morning radio personality. Brennan delivered 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. He retired from his Coaching position in March 2005 and was replaced by current head coach Mike Lonergan.

Accomplishments

  • Hired as Analyst by ESPN in 2005
  • Led team to a defeat of Syracuse Universitymarker in the first round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament
  • 2005 America East Champions
  • 2004 America East Champions
  • 2003 America East Champions
  • 2002 America East Regular Season Champions
  • All-Time Leader in Games Coached At Vermont
  • All-Time Leader in Victories At Vermont


Family

Brennan and his wife, Lynn reside on Lake Champlainmarker in Colchester, Vermontmarker. He has two children: Kelly, who graduated from UVM in 1993 and is married to Brady Frost, a former Catamount standout pitcher; and Brian who was a standout guard at Indiana Universitymarker, which reached the NCAA D-II Elite Eight in 2000.

References

  1. Vermont Catamounts vs. Syracuse Orange - Recap - March 18, 2005 - ESPN.
  2. UVM Men's Basketball Record Book,.



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