Jim Brandenburg

Jim Brandenburg (born December 10, 1935)

Teams coached: Montana Grizzlies, Wyoming Cowboys, San Diego State Aztecs
Montana record: 28-26 (.519) **
Wyoming record: 176-97 (.645)
San Diego State record: 52-87 (.374)
Overall record^: 256-210 (.549) **

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1987-1992 San Diego State
1978-1987 Wyoming
1976-1978 Montana
1970-1976 Montana (asst)
1969-1970 Flathead Valley CC

Jim Brandenburg Facts

  • Jim Brandenburg
  • Born December 10, 1935
  • Hometown: Topeka, Kansas
  • Alma Mater: Colorado State University (BA, 1958)
  • The KS-native attended Thomas Edison HS in San Antonio, TX before playing at Colorado A&M for coaches Bill Strannigan and Jim Williams
  • Started his coaching career in 1958 after graduating, spending eleven years coaching at the high school level
    • Coached first at Luther Burbank HS (San Antonio, TX), then for six years at William C. Hinkley HS (Aurora, CO)
  • Spent one year as the head coach at Flathead Valley CC in Kalispell, MT, his first collegiate job
  • Joined Lou Rocheleau’s staff at Montana in 1970, joining the coaching ranks of the NCAA Division I
    • Stayed on staff from 1971-76 under the Grizzlies’ next head coach, future Hall-of-Famer Jud Heathcote
  • Took over as the Montana head coach in 1976 when Heathcote left for Michigan State
    • Went 28-26 in two years as head coach, including 10 wins in the 1976-77 season that were vacated to losses due to the use of ineligible player
  • Left Montana for Wyoming in 1978, where he coached the Cowboys for the next nine seasons
    • Won the WAC regular season three times and played in three NCAA Tournaments, reaching the Sweet Sixteen in 1987
  • Final coaching position was at San Diego State, winning 52 games in five seasons as the Aztecs’ head coach
    • Retired from coaching following the 1991-92 season, finishing his career with 256 career victories
  • Along with his wife, Jan, has two daughters and one son

Jim Brandenburg Coaching Tree

  • Steve Aggers (Loyola Marymount, Eastern Washington, Wayne State, Great Falls)
  • Tom Asbury (Pepperdine, Kansas State)
  • Charles Bradley (Loyola Marymount, Metro State)
  • Jessie Evans (San Francisco, Louisiana-Lafayette)
  • Greg Graham (Boise State)
  • Mike Montgomery (California, Golden State Warriors, Stanford, Montana)
  • Michael Ray Richardson (London Lightning)
  • Gene Visscher (Northern Arizona, Weber State)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only

** Listed records and accomplishments for this coach do not include wins or appearances later vacated by the NCAA