Phillipsburg Catholic High School
Brennan graduated as the all-time leading scorer at Phillipsburg Catholic High School.
University of Georgia
Brennan graduated from the University of Georgia 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 University in Madison, New Jersey, Brennan was an assistant under college basketball coaches Rollie Massimino at Villanova, Bill Raftery at Seton Hall and Bruce Parkhill at William & Mary. In 1982 he was named head coach at Yale where he crafted a four-year record of 46–58 including back-to-back seasons of 14–12 and 13–13. In 19 years at Vermont, Brennan led the Catamounts to four 20+ win seasons, three America East championships and UVM’s first three NCAA Tournament appearances, including the school’s first NCAA Tournament win over BIG EAST champion Syracuse in 2005—the America East’s last NCAA win to date. Brennan is one of two coaches in America East history to lead his team to three consecutive conference titles.
While coaching at Vermont, he also co-hosted the state’s most popular talk radio show, and just after his retirement, he began a four-year stint as a studio host for college basketball on ESPN.