Brennan named basketball strength and conditioning coach

NIAGARA UNIV., NY – Niagara Men’s Basketball Head Coach Gregory Paul and head coach of women’s basketball Jada Pierce have announced the appointment of Pat Brennan as their team‘s strength and conditioning coach.

“We’re delighted to have Pat join our coaching staff,” said Paulus. “Strength and conditioning are important to the development of student athletes. His experience and dedication to developing student athletes will help them become the best versions of themselves on and off the pitch.”

“We’re excited to welcome Pat from such a great background,” Pierce said. “His career to date has taken him through a variety of strength and conditioning areas. Our young women will benefit greatly from his knowledge and expertise.”

Brennan comes to Niagara from the United States Army, where he served from 2018-21. Brennan was most recently the Base Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach for the 10thth Mountain Division at Fort Drum. He led a strength and conditioning staff of 10 full-time 1st grade coachesSt Brigade Combat Team, 2ndnd Brigade Combat Team, 10thth Supply Brigade and 10th Combat Aviation Brigade. Brennan was the lead strength and conditioning coach for the 2ndnd Brigade Combat Team and oversaw the readiness physical training program for 4,300 Soldiers in seven battalions.

Brennan served as the Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach for the 3/71 Cavalry in the 10th Divisionth Mountain Division from July to November 2020 after being the Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach for the 1-7 Air Defense Artillery Battalion in the 108th Brigade from August 2019 to July 2020. When Brennan joined the Army in 2018, he was a strength and conditioning coach for the 1-6 Infantry Battalion, 2nd Brigadend Brigade of the 1stSt armored division.

“It’s an honor to serve as a strength and conditioning coach in both the men’s and women’s basketball programs at Niagara University,” Brennan said. “The holistic development of our student-athletes will help each individual increase their success on the court, in the classroom and in the community. As a coach, these are the most important elements in building the next generation of great leaders at Niagara University.”

Prior to joining the Army, Brennan was a strength and conditioning intern at the University of Alabama from September to December 2018. During his time in Alabama, he implemented all aspects of strength and conditioning for the soccer and track teams under the supervision of the Head Strength Coach. Brennan was the assistant strength coach for softball, swimming and diving, women’s rowing, and cheer.

Brennan was a strength and conditioning intern for the Buffalo Bills from April through September of 2018, where he assisted with player athletic development, contributed to athlete evaluation, prepared pre- and post-workout nutrition for athletes, and conducted refractometer hydration testing for all athletes .
Brennan began his career as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University at Buffalo (UB) from January to April 2018. He was one of five strength coaches for the UB football program.

Brennan earned his associate’s degree from Nassau Community College in 2012, where he played football and helped the team to a 12-0 record in 2010. The team was ranked No. 3 in the nation for all junior colleges.

Brennan played on the UB football team after leaving Nassau Community College. In 2014 he graduated from the UB with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Brennan earned his Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Wagner College in 2016.

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