It won’t get as many headlines as the other vacancy in DC will, but the head coaching job at American is now available, too. Mike Brennan was let go on Thursday after ten seasons with the Eagles. He went 125-166 overall and 17-15 this past season.
“I want to thank Mike for his contributions to AU over the last 10 seasons,” AD Dr. Billy Walker said. “Under his leadership, the student-athletes in his care have achieved accomplishments on the court and in the classroom. They have graduated at a very high rate, represented our university with class and integrity, and are leaders in the community. I wish Mike nothing but the best.”
Brennan led the Eagles to the NCAA Tournament in his first season, only the third in the program’s D-I history, but was unable to recreate that level of success through the rest of his tenure. He had just four winning records in ten years – including 2022-23 – and only had the one postseason appearance.
By early January, the Eagles were 12-3 and it seemed like things were finally turning around. We moved Brennan down to the safe zone in our Hot Seat Report for the first time in four years. But then came a four-game losing streak that was later followed by a six-gamer to close out the regular season 15-14 (7-11). AU got a nice upset over Navy in the Patriot League Tournament but then lost the next round in what would be Brennan’s final game.
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