Arizona hires San Jose State’s Brent Brennan as next head coach

Arizona has hired San Jose State head coach Brent Brennan for the same role, it announced Tuesday.

Brennan will replace former Arizona head coach Jedd Fisch, who took the opening at Washington after Kalen DeBoer departed for Alabama.

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“I am so blessed and excited to come back to the University of Arizona,” Brennan stated in a release. “This incredible university is special to my family and I as it’s where I started as a coach as part Coach (Dick) Tomey’s legacy. I can’t wait to meet the players, families, fans, alumni and supporters and build on the success the players and staff have started. Bear Down and Go Cats!”

According to Pete Thamel of ESPN, Brennan arrives at Arizona on a five-year deal.

Brennan comes with almost 10 years experience as a head coach. He’s served as leader of the Spartans program since 2017.

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Brennan led San Jose State to three bowl game appearances, most in program history. He also guided the Spartans to a 7-6 record this season and a 7-5 mark in 2022, recording the first back-to-back seasons over .500 for the first time since 1991-92.

“I am incredibly excited to announce Brent Brennan as the next Head Football Coach at the University of Arizona,” Arizona Vice President and Director of Athletics Dave Heeke stated in a release. “Brent is an exceptional leader with a background of championship success on the field, on the recruiting trail, and as leader in the community.  With strong connections to the Tucson community and an appreciation for the rich legacy of our program under legendary Head Coach Dick Tomey, Brent’s vision to continue the upward trajectory of Arizona Football is rooted in the historical excellence of the program. As we begin a new era, Brent Brennan is the ideal leader for our student-athletes, staff, campus and Southern Arizona community as we write the next great chapters of Arizona Football.”