They’re getting a guy that’s ready to do the job. I think he’s got all the qualities and cares about people. We’re sad to see him go, but at the same time that’s in his best interest and we’re excited about him. —Utah athletics director Chris Hill
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah deputy athletics director Kyle Brennan is moving on to the top post at Montana State. Brennan was formally introduced as the Bobcats’ new athletics director Monday at a press conference in Bozeman. He’ll take over no later than July 1.
“They’re getting a guy that’s ready to do the job. I think he’s got all the qualities and cares about people,” said Utah athletics director Dr. Chris Hill. “We’re sad to see him go, but at the same time that’s in his best interest and we’re excited about him.”
Brennan has been at Utah since 2008 when he joined Hill’s staff as assistant athletics director for compliance. In December 2014, Brennan became the Utes’ first deputy athletics director. His current duties include serving as the administrative liaison for football and men’s basketball, as well as the supervisor over men’s and women’s swimming and diving. In addition, Brennan oversees the athletic department’s partnership with Under Armour and manages new facility projects. He’s also responsible for compliance, external relations and development, equipment, events management, facility operations, football strength and conditioning, and human resources.
Brennan’s represented the university at some NCAA and Pac-12 meetings.
“it’s very hard to have him leave because he did such a wonderful job and he was such a team player,” Hill said. “He made it fun to be involved. He’s just a quality person.”
Hill added that there’s no question in his mind that Brennan is ready to be an athletic director.
“I just knew it was a matter of time,” Hill said. “Just a matter of time. Good for him, though.” Brennan was chosen through a national search to lead the Big Sky Conference program.
"Kyle’s values of putting the student first, of aspiring for excellence both on the field and in the classroom, his ambition and the great potential he sees in Bobcat athletics are well aligned with what all of us want for MSU,” university president Waded Cruzado said in making the announcement. “ I look forward to working with him and seeing him lead Bobcat athletics to a new level of success.”
Brennan noted that the program is well situated to move to the next level.
"I want to make sure MSU’s student-athletes get a great education and also have a great experience as competitors,” Brennan stated. “I also want to engage the campus, the local community, the state and MSU’s alumni. By working together, the sky is the limit."
At Monday’s press conference, Brennan thanked Utah associate head football coach Dennis Erickson for encouraging him to look at the Montana State job. Erickson, a family friend, is a former quarterback for the Bobcats and a proud alum of the school.
"This program rests on an incredible foundation,” Brennan said. “It is completely possible to be excellent in everything we do.”
Prior to coming to Utah, Brennan worked for athletic departments at Northern Illinois, TCU and Ball State. The Calvin College (Michigan) graduate added a law degree from Denver in 2001.
Brennan’s wife, Beth, is Utah football’s academic coordinator. They have three boys — Patrick, Mac and Murphy.