3rd year at BVU
Jeff Brennan begins his fourth year as the BVU head men's and women's cross country and track and field coach.
A native of Emmetsburg, Iowa and a 2001 graduate of BVU, Brennan was a dual-sport athlete for the Beavers, playing football and running track. Under former football coach Joe Hadachek, he was a two-time First Team All-Iowa Conference defensive back.
While running under the guidance of former BVU head track and field coach Keith Schmidt, Brennan was a stand-out in middle distance races. He was a two-time IIAC Indoor Champion in both the 600 and 1000 meter runs and was a four-time national qualifier in the 800, placing fifth indoors in 2001. He still holds five school records, including the indoor 800 meter mark.
Since taking over the ranks for BVU, his cross country teams have improved their overall score at the IIAC Championships each season. His track and field teams are headed in the same direction, after both the men and women teams posted their best outdoor conference championship finish since 2007. The two teams have also combined to set 11 school records during his tenure and have had 19 all-conference outdoor performances in the last two years alone. The women have had multiple all-conference accolades in each of the last two seasons after being held to one or none in the previous four years.
Brennan, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology Education, spent the 2009-10 school year as a teacher and coach at Storm Lake High School, a position he also held from 2002-06. During that tenure, he helped coach the Tornado boys to four Lakes Conference Track and Field Championships as well as three top-eight team finishes at the State Track Meet (8th in 2003, 5th in 2004, 6th in 2006). He coached 26 State Medalists, including three individual state championships and four runner-up accolades. He was also named Northwest Iowa Regional and Lakes Conference Coach of the Year in both 2005 and 2006.
Brennan lives in Storm Lake with his wife, Anne, and their son, Emmet. The couple is expecting their second child later this year.