UC names John Brannen new head basketball coach

Brannen led NKU to NCAA Tournament twice the last three seasons

UC names John Brannen new head basketball coach
John Brannen celebrates Horizon League title (Source: Joe Danneman)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - John Brannen is the new head coach of UC basketball.

Brannen, a Northern Kentucky native, led NKU to two NCAA Tournament appearances the last three seasons.

“It’s truly an honor to take over such a storied program at the University of Cincinnati,” Brannen said. “The Cincinnati-northern Kentucky community is special to my family and we are happy to remain at home."

A Newport Central Catholic High School graduate, Brannen helped Northern Kentucky win two Horizon League Regular-Season Championships, two Horizon League Tournament titles and made two NCAA Tournament appearances. No other Division I program has experienced that amount of success in its first three seasons with active status in the history of the NCAA.

“We are thrilled to welcome John, his wife Lisa and their daughters, Jaylee and Katelyn, to the Bearcats family,” UC athletic director Mike Bohn said. “He has a proven record as a head coach, longtime ties to the local community and coaches an exciting style of basketball. We were impressed with his passion, drive, determination and basketball acumen during the interview process where he truly emerged as the best coach to lead the Cincinnati basketball program with a bright future.”

Brannen takes over for Mick Cronin, who left for UCLA after thirteen seasons at his alma mater.

NKU has announced it is beginning a national search immediately to find Brannen’s replacement.

Brannen was introduced at a press conference Monday morning. Watch below:

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