By Kavin Mistry
San Jose State has found its man to take over as head coach of the Spartans. Wide receivers coach from Oregon State Brent Brennan will take over the head coaching duties and fill in the void left by the firing of Ron Caragher.
Brennan was at Oregon State since 2011 and before that was an assistant football coach at San Jose State from 2005 to 2010.
At SJSU he held the positions of wide receivers coach, offensive coordinator and tight ends coach.
“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 yesterday. “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.”
Brennan is from the Bay Area and is a former UCLA player. He has a reputation of being a strong recruiter and developer of wide receivers. He has seen and helped grow names such as Brandin Cooks from the New Orleans Saints and Markus Wheaton from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The ties to SJSU for Brennan stretch beyond his five-year coaching stint. His father and mother both went to SJSU.
His father Steve Brennan played football for the Spartans and when Brent left SJSU to Oregon State, both his parents stayed and helped out with the program.
Brent will be taking over a football program in dire need of a re-build and will have to start his recruiting process right away to get the team back on top.
“We are thrilled to have Brent back at San Jose State,” said Athletic Director Gene Bleymaier in yesterday’s release. “He is an exceptional football coach and one of the most respected recruiters in the country. His coaching background and ties to San Jose State make Brent a perfect fit.”
San Jose State finished this past season 4-8 (3-5) and fourth in the Mountain West Conference.
In his time at SJSU, Caragher led his team to two bowl games, one at 5-7 because of the team’s GPA throughout the year.
Caragher’s best season at the helm of the Spartans’ was his first season in the program when the finished 6-6.
Brennan will be under tremendous pressure here to produce a winning team. Bleymaier was already under fire by fans and writers for hiring Caragher to replace one of the most successful coaches in SJSU history, Mike MacIntyre.
He will need to bring in a fresh crop of recruits to fill the voids on offense and defense, while hiring a staff to help support his vision for the team.
Brennan’s track record as a coach speaks for itself. He has the ability to help develop wide receivers, something that will help freshman quarterback Josh Love, who will be looked at to take over the team’s offense next year with the departure of Kenny Potter.
He will be officially introduced as the Spartans head coach today at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union.