Tom Brennan, athletic director at Loyola College since Augus 1986, is leaving the school to take a similar post at San Jose State in San Jose, Calif.
Brennan, 38, applied for the San Jose position a month ago, and within a week was interviewed for the job. Dr. Gail Fullerton, the president of San Jose, made the announcement of Brennan's hiring last night.
"Brennan has the breadth and depth of experience that we have been looking for," Dr. Fullerton said. "He has an impressive record in building a Division I program, has notable marketing skills and holds impeccable academic credentials."
Brennan said that a major reason for leaving Loyola was the opportunity to return to the west and work with a Division I-A football program. Prior to coming to Loyola, Brennan worked seven years at the University of New Mexico. As associate AD at New Mexico, he handled marketing and promotion of the football and men's basketball teams.
"Division I-A football and the locale are attractions," Brennan said. "San Jose has a 30,000-seat stadium, and it's a member of the Big West Conference, which has some pretty good programs.
"Generally, it's a strong conference in the the non-revenue sports. Basketball is a marquee sport, though, because we've got Nevada-Las Vegas."
Brennan is following in the footsteps of his predecessor. At Loyola, he was hired to replace Tom O'Connor, now the athletic director at another California school, Santa Clara. The San Jose position became vacant in July when Randy Hoffman moved on to Idaho State. Hoffman earlier had been an administrator at Maryland.
Brennan will be best known at Loyola for several coaching changes and taking the school from the Northeast Conference into the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
After the 1988-89 basketball season, Brennan chose not to renew the coaching contract of Mark Amatucci. He brought in Tom Schneider as his replacement, and on the women's side hired Frank Szymanski as basketball coach and Diane Aikens as lacrosse coach.
Last spring Aikens took her team to the NCAA Final Four. Under Brennan, the Greyhounds also reached the NCAA Division I tournaments in men's soccer and lacrosse for the first time. Brennan said revenues at Loyola had also increased.
"At a school like Loyola, you're never going to generate more revenue than you spend," Brennan said. "But we have doubled (( our revenue, and then some. We've also improved academic support for our athletes.
When asked about unfinished business at Loyola, Brennan ironically mentioned the men's basketball team, which suffered through its third straight losing season, winning just four games.
Brennan said that he will be moving to San Jose, south of San Francisco, in October. He met with the rest of the Loyola staff today. No plans have been made to find his successor.