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OFFICIAL: Northern Kentucky’s John Brannen to be next head coach at Cincinnati

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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.

Who should NKU hire next?


Article written by Brent Wainscott

Twitter: @BrentWainscott_

9 Comments for OFFICIAL: Northern Kentucky’s John Brannen to be next head coach at Cincinnati

  1. Cousins Fake Tooth
    5:24 pm April 14, 2019 Permalink

    And he doesn’t even have to move lol

  2. az1006
    5:30 pm April 14, 2019 Permalink

    I think they should take a strong look at Chris Briggs at Georgetown.

    • timbo
      5:57 pm April 14, 2019 Permalink

      Not sure he would consider it, but there would be none better. I bet the Norse would have a better record than the Bearcats in a span under Briggs.

  3. ukkatzfan
    6:26 pm April 14, 2019 Permalink

    Is his wife the “crazy drunk wife” ?

    • cjruk1
      11:47 am April 15, 2019 Permalink

      No, that’s Wichita State’s coach’s wife

  4. CatfaninCinci
    6:27 pm April 14, 2019 Permalink

    World class university… And stepping stone to a Power 5 job.

  5. Glock
    8:14 pm April 14, 2019 Permalink

    Crazy drunk wife was st Wichita State