Tom Brennan returns for his second season as an NCAA Basketball analyst. He is a former men’s basketball head coach, most notably at the University of Vermont from 1986 to 2005.
Raised in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, Brennan graduated as the all-time leading scorer at Phillipsburg Catholic High School. He then went on to graduate 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 legends, 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. At Yale he coached future NBA players such as Earl G. “Butch” Graves, Jr. and Chris Dudley.
In 1986, Brennan began his 19 year-tenure, at University of Vermont. The longest of any coach in the history of the America East and is tied for the longest current stint at one school, among New England Division I programs. During his 19 years, as the head coach of the Vermont Catamounts, he led the team to several America East Championships, along with the defeat of Syracuse University in the first round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament. Brennan has been honored as America East Coach of the Year three times in 1992, 1998, and 2002; as well NABC District I (New England) Coach of the Year on two occasions in 1992 and 2002. He was also named National Coach of the Year by the New Jersey Sportswriters in 2005.
Formerly Brennan co-hosted a morning radio show in Burlington, Vermont called the “Corm and the Coach Show,” with radio personality Steve Cormier. In 1996 and 2000, his radio show received the Vermont Associated Press award for the state’s top radio sports feature. The “Corm and the Coach Show” ended in July 2008.
In addition to his duties for Westwood One, Brennan is an analyst for SiriusXM; a position he also held at ESPN.
One of the more popular public speakers in the State of Vermont, Brennan has spoken at many charity events, business seminars, youth sports functions and high school graduations.