Brannen tabbed associate head coach; DeNeen named new strength and conditioning coach
John Brannen, who begins his sixth season on the Alabama coaching staff in 2014-15, begins his second season in the role of associate head coach after serving his first four seasons at the Capstone as the program's assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He served in the same role on Anthony Grant's staff at VCU and now has been now a part of Grant's staff for a total of eight seasons. Brannen has been an integral part on assisting the Crimson Tide to three 20-win seasons and three postseason appearances during his five years at the Capstone. He helped the Tide to three consecutive 20-win seasons from 2011-13, which marked the first time that occurred since the 1990, 1991 and 1992 campaigns - a span of just over 20 years. Brannen's efforts in recruiting also have drawn national acclaim, as he helped the Tide land the nation's No. 5 recruiting class in 2011 and the No. 21-ranked recruiting class in 2014.
Players With NBA Experience Coached
Eric Maynor - Oklahoma City Thunder/Portland Trail Blazers
Larry Sanders - Milwaukee Bucks
During the 2012-13 season, Brannen helped Alabama to a 23-13 overall record (12-6 SEC) as the squad reached the quarterfinals of the NIT and finished second in the SEC. It marked the third consecutive season the Tide has reached the postseason. In 2012, Brannen assisted in directing the Crimson Tide to the NCAA Tournament, the program's first NCAA appearance since the 2006 season. Alabama finished with a 21-12 mark and won the 2012 SEC West Division title. In Brannen's second season at Alabama, he helped guide the Tide to a 25-12 record, an appearance in the NIT championship game and an SEC Western Division crown. Along the way, the Tide's defense became one of the best in the nation while making Coleman Coliseum one of the most hostile home courts in the country with Alabama posting a 19-0 record at home. Since 2006, Brannen has been a member of the prestigious Villa 7 consortium, which brings together the country's elite assistant basketball coaches in an effort to prepare the next generation of college basketball leaders. In addition to his recruiting duties, Brannen focuses on player development, scouting and game preparation. He works particularly close with the Crimson Tide perimeter players.
2013-present: Alabama - Associate Head Coach
2009-13: Alabama - Assistant Coach
2006-09: VCU - Assistant Coach
2003-06:St. Bonaventure- Assistant Coach
2000-03: Eastern Kentucky - Assistant Coach
1999-2000: Univ. of Charleston - Assistant Coach
During his time at VCU (2007-09), Brannen helped coach the Rams to three straight conference titles and postseason appearances, including two NCAA Tournaments. At VCU, he continued to develop his reputation as one of the nation's premier recruiters in landing a 2007 recruiting class that was ranked in the top 20 nationally. Brannen followed that up with a 2008 class that was ranked third among mid-major programs by rivals.com and a 2009 class that was ranked fifth. His 2008 class went on to comprise the starting five of VCU's memorable Final Four run in 2011. In addition to recruiting the Rams' championship teams, Brannen helped coach the program to a 76-25 record in his three seasons, with 12 players earning All-Colonial Athletic Association honors including two-time CAA Player of the Year Eric Maynor. Brannen joined Grant at VCU after spending three seasons in the same capacity at St. Bonaventure, where he was the architect of the program's world-wide recruiting plan to help rebuild the Bonnies' program. In his first recruiting season, Brannen helped add six student-athletes to the rapidly growing St. Bonaventure program.
"John is one of the bright young minds in the coaching profession today. He possesses the work ethic, passion and knowledge necessary to build a championship-caliber program. He is a tireless recruiter and relationship builder while also excelling as a teacher and communicator to our players." - Anthony Grant
Before his stint at St. Bonaventure, Brannen was the top assistant at Eastern Kentucky for three seasons. While there, he recruited back-to-back classes that were ranked in the top 100 nationally, led by the school's all-time leading scorer. He also was responsible for EKU's academic mentoring, scheduling, the program's summer camps, and strength and conditioning. Brannen spent the 1999-2000 season at the College of Charleston, helping coach the squad to a 28-4 record and an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament. A 1997 graduate of Marshall University with a degree in business management, Brannen played at Marshall when Grant was an assistant for the Herd. A standout on both the court and in the classroom, he was a Rhodes Scholar finalist and received postgraduate scholarships from both the NCAA and Southern Conference. Brannen led the Southern Conference in scoring his senior season (1996-97) by averaging 20.9 ppg and was named the league tournament MVP. He began his collegiate career at Morehead State before transferring to Marshall, where he scored 1,008 points in only two seasons. Following graduation from Marshall, Brannen played two seasons professionally in Belgium's First Division, earning all-star honors and serving as a player-coach. Originally hailing from Covington, Ky., Brannen is married to the former Lisa Elswick. The couple is parents of twin daughters Jaylee and Katelyn.