It’s official, Nothern Kentucky’s John Brannen is the new head coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats.
John Brannen led the Norse to the NCAA tournament in two of his four seasons at NKU along with two regular-season Horizon League titles. He leaves NKU with a record of 81-51
“We are thrilled to welcome John, his wife Lisa and their daughters, Jaylee and Katelyn, to the Bearcats family,” Cincinnati AD, Mike Bohn said in a statement. “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 will replace Mick Cronin at UC. Cronin was at the helm of the Bearcats for 13 seasons, leading Cincinnati to the big dance each of the last nine seasons and leaving for UCLA with a record of 296-147 at Cincinnati.
“It’s truly an honor to take over such a storied program at the University of Cincinnati,” Brannen said in a statement. “The Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky community is special to my family and we are happy to remain at home. I want to thank President [Neville] Pinto, Mike Bohn and the search committee for this opportunity. We are thrilled to join a world-class University and continue to build on the historic success of Bearcats basketball and the incredible lineage of former coaches.”
Cincinnati will hold a press conference tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. to make it official.
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