Brent Brennan completes San Jose State coaching staff

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday March 16, 2017




Brent Brennan has completed his full-time coaching staff at San Jose State for a second time.

Brennan is a former SJSU assistant and grew up in the area. He spent the last six years coaching wide receivers at Oregon State, and he returns to SJSU looking to turn around the program, though with no head coaching or offensive coordinating experience.

He’s put a young staff around him, and there could be another addition if the NCAA approves a 10th assistant. For the time being, here is Brennan’s SJSU staff:

Brennan brought several familiar faces to him from Oregon State.

To run the defense, Brennan brought Derrick Odum from Oregon State. Odum spent two years with Brennan in Corvallis coaching defensive backs. It’s his first coordinator job.

Brennan also hired two Oregon State quality control assistants, in wide receivers coach Kevin Cummings and linebackers coach Bojay Filimoeatu. Cummings spent three years at OSU under Brennan, while Filimoeatu spent one year at OSU.

Quarterbacks coach Ryan Gunderson comes from Nebraska and worked with Brennan at Oregon State. This is Gunderson’s first full-time coaching job after nine years in player personnel roles at OSU and Nebraska.

To run the offense, Brennan hired Texas assistant Andrew Sowder. It’s the first coordinator job for Sowder, who spent one year at Texas and was previously Bowling Green’s wide receivers coach under Dino Babers. Sowder also worked with Babers at Eastern Illinois and at Baylor as a student assistant, so he will bring the Baylor-style of offense to the West Coast.

Alzono Carter will coach running backs and bring head coaching experience. Carter led Contra Costa (CA) for seven seasons, winning four conference titles.

Offensive line coach Joe Bernardi spent one year at Fresno State in his first full-time coaching job. He was previously a GA at Oregon for three years.

On defense, Brennan hired North Dakota State’s Jamar Cain, but Cain later left for Fresno State. In his place, Brennan hired Joe Seumalo from Arizona State, who spent one year at ASU and worked with Brennan at Oregon State. Seumalo was there from 2006-14 and worked at SJSU in 2005.

Defensive backs coach Will Harris and head strength and conditioning coach Gary Uribe were retained. Harris is entering his second year on staff, and Uribe is entering his fifth.

Brennan’s first four games as SJSU head coach will be against USF, Cal Poly, at Texas and at Utah.

The potential addition of a 10th assistant coach could change things, but for now, keep track of new FBS staffs here.

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.