Mike Brennan to depart as men’s basketball head coach
Brennan leaving AU after 10 seasons
After 10 seasons as the men’s basketball head coach, American University has parted ways with Mike Brennan, according to a press release sent out by the Athletics Department Thursday night. He was first named head coach on April 30, 2013. He currently sits at third on AU’s all-time career wins list with 125. He ends his AU head coaching career with a record of 125-165.
American finished this season 17-15 and 7-11 in Patriot League play. Their season ended with a 84-76 loss to Lafayette on March 5 in double overtime after making costly mistakes in the first overtime.
AU went on a 3-10 streak after The Washington Post called them “the best men’s college basketball team in D.C.,” Despite finishing their regular season on a six game losing streak, AU’s record was one of the best they had seen since Brennan’s first year as head coach at AU.
In each of Brennan’s last three seasons with the team, American finished under .500. American won the Patriot League tournament in Brennan’s first season as head coach and hasn’t won it again since. Brennan was also named the Patriot League Coach of the Year and was honored as a finalist for the Joe B. Hall — top first-year head coach — and Hugh Durham — top mid-major head coach — awards.
“I want to thank Mike for his contributions to AU over the last 10 seasons,” said AU Athletics Director Billy Walker in the press release. “Under his leadership, the student-athletes in his care have achieved accomplishments on the court and in the classroom.”
Mike Brennan was not able to be reached for comment in time for the publication of this article.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
This article was edited by Delaney Hoke and Nina Heller. Copy editing done by Isabelle Kravis and Sophia Rocha.