Brandon Laird

Brandon Laird

Current position: Associate head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Idaho Vandals (Head coach: Alex Pribble)
Current conference: Big Sky Conference
Teams coached: Menlo College Oaks, Sacramento State Hornets
Menlo College record^: 33-32 (.508)
Sacramento State record: 11-18 (.379)
Overall record^: 44-50 (.468)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • NAIA Division II Tournament Appearances:  1  (2008)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2023-present Idaho (assoc. HC)
2022-2023 UC Davis (special asst)
2021-2022 Sacramento State (interim HC)
2012-2021 Sacramento State (assoc. HC)
2011-2012 Sacramento State (asst)
2009-2011 UC Davis (asst)
2006-2009 Menlo College
2003-2006 Menlo College (asst)
2002-2003 UC Davis (volunteer asst)

Brandon Laird Facts

  • Brandon Laird
  • Hometown: Sacramento, California
  • Alma Mater: University of California, Davis (BA, 2001) / United States Sports Academy (MA, 2005)
  • Graduated from El Camino HS (CA) and played four years at then-DII UC Davis for head coaches Bob Williams and Brian Fogel
  • Started his coaching career as an assistant back at El Camino HS, then spent one year volunteering for Fogel at UC Davis
  • Became an assistant coach at NAIA Menlo College (CA) in 2003 and three years later was named head coach of the program
    • Went 33-32 overall, going 18-10 in year two during which the Oaks won a Cal-Pac title and reached the NAIA Tournament
  • Returned to UC Davis in 2009 and spent the next two seasons as an assistant coach under Gary Stewart
  • Hired as an assistant at Sacramento State in 2011, working on Brian Katz‘ staff for the next ten seasons
    • Elevated to associate head coach in 2012 and named interim head coach for 2021-22 following Katz’ retirement
  • Returned to UC Davis a third time in 2022, serving as special assistant and program analyst under Jim Les
  • In May 2023, Laird was announced as the new associate head coach under Alex Pribble at Idaho

Brandon Laird Coaching Tree

  • coming soon


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at both the NCAA Division I and NAIA Division II levels