Brent Brennan named head coach at San Jose State

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday December 07, 2016

Oregon State outside receivers Brent Brennan has been named head coach at San Jose State, as first reported by The Oregonian’s John Canzano.

The 43-year-old Brennan was an SJSU assistant from 2005-10, including working as offensive coordinator.

“We are thrilled to have Brent back at San José State," AD Gene Bleymaier said in a release. "He is an exceptional football coach and one of the most respected recruiters in the country. His coaching background and ties to San José State make Brent a perfect fit."

He’s a California native and has also worked at Cal Poly, Arizona, Washington, Hawaii and the California high school ranks. At Oregon State since 2011, he developed receivers like James Rodgers, Brandin Cooks and Markus Wheaton.

At San Jose State, Brennan inherits a program that won 10 games in 2012, but has only three winning seasons since 1993. A common factor in SJSU’s candidates were ties to the program. Brennan has those, and he knows the unique challenge of this job.

“We want to recruit high-character young men that are tough and love to play football and also take their academics seriously," Brennan said in a release. "We’re going to help them grow from young men into men and put a product on the field that anybody who has a connection with Spartan football can be proud of.”

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