Brent Brennan accepts head coaching job at San Jose State

Brian Rathbone, News/Sports Chief

Wednesday morning, San Jose State hired outside Oregon State wide receivers coach Brent Brennan to be their next head coach, replacing Ron Caragher who was fired on Nov. 27.

The move to San Jose State from Oregon State is not out of nowhere, Brennan spent the five previous seasons prior to coaching at OSU as an assistant coach with the Spartans. While on their staff, Brennan held several roles such as offensive coordinator and special teams coordinator, as well as coaching receivers, tight ends and offensive tackles.

This will be Brennan’s first head coaching job at any level.

“We are thrilled to have Brent back at San Jose State,” athletic director Gene Bleymaier said in a release. “He is an exceptional football coach and one of the most respected recruiters in the country. His coaching background and ties to San Jose State make Brent a perfect fit.”

Brennan spent six seasons coaching the wide receivers for the Beavers, he was the lone holdover from former head coach Mike Riley’s staff. During his time at Oregon State, Brennan coached Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks, both of whom were earned All-American honors and were drafted into the NFL. In 2013, Cooks won the Biletnikoff Award (given to the nation’s best receiver) and was selected in the first round of the 2014 draft by the Saints.

“We want to recruit high-character young men that are tough and love to play football and also take their academics seriously. We’re going to help them grow from young men into men and put a product on the field that anybody who has a connection with Spartan football can be proud of,” said Brennan in a press release.

This is the second consecutive season that head coach Gary Andersen has had an assistant take a head coaching job. Last offseason, defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake took the head coaching job at BYU after one season in Corvallis.

Now Andersen will be faced with a decision on what to do with the position. Brennan was not the sole wide receivers coach this season. While Brennan manned the outside receivers, Dave Baldwin, who last year served as the offensive coordinator, coached the inside receivers this season.