Mike Brennan
Mike Brennan
Previous College: Princeton '94
Position: Head Coach

The 2018-19 season is the sixth season under the Mike Brennan era at American University.

Brennan was named the 17th head coach of the American University men's basketball program on April 30, 2013.

The 2017-18 season saw American rebuild with a heavy underclassmen roster. A preseason trip to Australia allowed the Eagles an opportunity to train earlier in their offseason, a move that allowed Brennan's staff to work with six underclassmen. Sophomore Sa'eed Nelson and Freshman Sam Iorio led the Way for the Eagles with spots on the All-Patriot League Teams. Nelson was tabbed to the All-Patriot League Second Team after finishing the regular season second in league scoring, averaging 17.8 points per game. Iorio was tabbed on the All-PL Rookie Team and was a viable candidate for the Rookie of the Year award. In his rookie season at American, Iorio averaged 14.8 points per game, good enough for second on the squad.

In his fourth season at the helm, Brennan saw an influx of younger players to the roster, which included a pair of Patriot League All-Rookie Team member Sa'eed Nelson and Mark Gasperini. The Eagles played a tough non-league schedule that saw American face Maryland, Texas A&M and defending National Champion Villanova. The Eagles also played six non-league games inside Bender Arena, the most since 2011-12. Senior Charlie Jones was named the Patriot League Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the third under Brennan. 

The 2015-16 Eagles secured their third straight spot in the PL Final Four after a second-half comeback that saw the squad win 10 of its last 13 PL league games to finish tied for fourth. The Eagles knocked off third-ranked Boston University on the road and faced Lehigh in the PL Semifinals. Freshman Delante Jones was selected as the PL Rookie of the Year after averaging 12.0 points per game in his first year with the Eagles. 

In his second season with the Eagles, Brennan guided the squad back to the Patriot League Championship, but a tough Lafayette squad pulled out a 65-63 victory at home. Four players — Pee Wee Gardner, John Schoof, Jesse Reed and Charlie Jones — finished the season averaging 30 or more minutes played per game. Academically, Reed was named the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year and joined Kevin Panzer, Jones, and Schoof on the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court.

In his first season, Brennan led the Eagles to the top of the Patriot League and a berth to the NCAA Tournament. The third in program history. After a second-place regular season finish, Brennan's squad upset top-seeded Boston University, 55-36, in Boston, to claim American's third-ever Patriot League Championship and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

The 2013-14 Eagles ranked nationally in the top-10 in field goal percentage (.495) and points allowed per game (59.1), finishing seventh in each category. The Eagles were also 37th in the country with 15.1 assists per game, using the offense taught to Brennan by legendary Princeton coach Pete Carril. 

Brennan was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year and was honored as a finalist for the Joe B. Hall (top first-year head coach) and Hugh Durham (top mid-major head coach) Awards.

The Eagles were transformed under Brennan's guidance, surpassing a ninth-place preseason prediction, to makes it first Tournament berth since 2009. Brennan has actually been a constant for AU, sitting on the bench for each of AU's PL championship teams. 

Brennan goes down as one of the greatest first-year coaches ever at AU, winning more conference games (13) than any other coach, and tying Ed Tapscott for most overall victories (20). He is the only coach to lead his squad to the NCAA Tournament in his first season.

Under Brennan, four Eagles earned All-Patriot League honors, while senior center Tony Wroblicky had a career year, earning PL Defensive Player of the Year Honors. Junior guard Pee Wee Gardner also flourished with Brennan's tutelage, being selected as the Patriot League Tournament MVP.

American was also successful off the court as sophomore guard Jesse Reed earned Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors to lead five Eagles in the conference Academic Honor Roll. Junior guard John Schoof was also named to the NABC Honors Court.

Brennan came back to AU after serving four years as an assistant coach at Georgetown University under John Thompson III. Most recently the Hoyas captured a share of the Big East Regular-Season championship and No. 2 seed in the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

"We welcome Mike Brennan back to the AU campus as our new men's basketball coach. He has achieved tremendous success as an assistant coach at prominent programs -- including Georgetown, Princeton, and AU -- and as a former student-athlete at Princeton," said President Dr. Neil Kerwin. His athletics experiences and academic values are a perfect match for AU and we look forward to a new era in AU men's basketball."

During his four seasons, the team accrued 93 wins, posting at least 21 victories in each year while boasting all-conference players in Otto Porter, Jason Clark, Austin Freeman, and Chris Wright, as well as NBA star Gre.g Monroe

During his two seasons at American University, the Eagles experienced their two greatest years in program history, winning back-to-back Patriot League Regular Season and Tournament Championships, advancing to the school's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth.

"I couldn't be more excited about naming Mike Brennan as the next Head Coach at American University! Mike embodies all the qualities we were looking for in a coach: integrity; character; experience recruiting at a high-end academic institution; ability to connect with players; toughness; and unmatched skills in player development and teaching," said Director of Athletics & Recreation Dr. Billy Walker. "Above all, Mike is the ideal role model and mentor for our young men to emulate.  Mike understands the primacy of academics, but knows we can compete for championships as well--he's the perfect fit!"  

AU posted back-to-back 20-win seasons in Brennan's time, posting a program-best 24-8 record in 2008-09, including a 13-1 mark in Patriot League play.

"It's extremely exciting to be back at American University and to become head coach of the Eagles," said Brennan. "I'm so grateful to AU athletics director, Billy Walker, and the President of AU, Dr. Kerwin, for this wonderful opportunity. I've been extremely fortunate to have worked at universities that share such strong values and whose athletic programs reflect those values.  I am confident that our program will continue to attract great student-athletes, one that our players, students, supporters, and alums can be proud of."

Brennan came to AU from his alma mater, Princeton University. He spent seven seasons with the Tigers, guiding the squad to three Ivy League titles as the top assistant.

Brennan spent a total of 12 years with Ivy League institutions, serving one season as a volunteer assistant coach at Columbia University after culminating an impressive playing career at Princeton.

He was a four-year starter as an undergraduate at Princeton under legendary head coach Pete Carril. Brennan helped lead his team to Ivy League championships and the NCAA Tournament in 1991 and 1992. He was named Second Team All-Ivy in 1994.

After earning his bachelor of arts in English from Princeton in 1994, Brennan went on to play professionally in the European Basketball League for teams in Germany, Belgium, and Portugal.

Brennan is married to Alana Woodard of Seattle, Wash. They currently reside in Northwest D.C.

Coaching Experience 


Year School Position Record (Conference)
2017-18 American Head Coach 6-24 (3-15)
2016-17 American Head Coach 8-22 (5-13)
2015-16 American Head Coach 12-19 (9-9) 
2014-15 American Head Coach 17-16 (8-10)
2013-14 American Head Coach 20-13 (13-5)
2012-13 Georgetown Assistant Coach 26-7 (15-5
2011-12 Georgetown Assistant Coach 24-9 (13-7)
2010-11 Georgetown Assistant Coach 21-11 (10-8)
2009-10 Georgetown Assistant Coach 23-11 (13-7)
2008-09 American Assistant Coach 24-8 (13-1)
2007-08 American Assistant Coach 21-12 (10-4)
2006-07 Princeton Assistant Coach 11-17 (2-12)
2005-06 Princeton Assistant Coach 12-15 (10-4)
2004-05 Princeton Assistant Coach 15-13 (6-8)
2003-04 Princeton Assistant Coach 20-8 (13-1)
2002-03 Princeton Assistant Coach 16-11 (10-4)
2001-02 Princeton Assistant Coach 16-11 (11-4)
2000-01 Princeton Assistant Coach 16-11
1995-96 Columbia Volunteer Assistant Coach     7-19

Overall Career Record: 63-94