Kyle Brennan named athletic director at Montana State University
Posted on 02 May 2016
Makes transition from Utah
Montana State University has hired Kyle Brennan, deputy athletic
director at the University of Utah, as its next athletic director, the
university announced today. Brennan will begin his duties no later than
"Kyle¹s 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. I look forward to working with him and seeing him lead
Bobcat Athletics to a new level of success," said MSU President Waded
Brennan was selected after a national search that resulted in five
finalists visiting campus.
"When you come to Montana, one thing is evident right away the passion
people have for Bobcat Athletics and for MSU. The program and the
university are well situated to move to the next level," Brennan said. "I
want to make sure MSU¹s student-athletes get a great education and also
have a great experience as competitors. I also want to engage the campus,
the local community, the state and MSU¹s alumni. By working together the
sky is the limit."
In his current position as deputy athletics director at the University of
Utah, Brennan is the supervising administrator for seven departments, is
the administrative liaison and supervisor for several sports, manages new
facility projects and oversees the athletic department's partnership with
Under Armour. He also represents Utah at various Pac-12 and NCAA meetings.
Brennan also oversees external relations and development, compliance,
facility operations, event management, equipment, human resources, and
football strength and conditioning. He is the sport liaison for the
football and men's basketball teams, and is the sport supervisor for the
men's and women's swimming and diving teams. He previously held the same
role with the women's basketball, men's golf and men's and women's tennis
As the chief administrator over new facility projects, Brennan chaired the
department's five-year strategic planning committee and played a key
supervisory role in the construction of the Spence and Cleone Eccles
Football Center, which opened in August 2013, as well as the Jon M. and
Karen Huntsman Basketball Facility and the outdoor tennis courts.
The Washington native was hired in 2008 as Utah's assistant athletics
director for compliance and was named associate athletic director for
compliance in 2009. In 2011, he was promoted to special assistant to the
athletics director, and in 2012, he was named senior associate athletic
director for administration. He was named the school's first deputy
athletics director in December of 2014.
Before joining the Utah athletics staff, Brennan was the director of
compliance at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, 2005-06,
and Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, 2006-08. He was an estate
planning attorney in Denver before entering the field of athletics
compliance as a graduate assistant at Northern Illinois in 2004-05.
Brennan graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science from
Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and earned his law degree from
the University of Denver in 2001.
He and his wife Beth--the academic coordinator for Utah's football
team--have three sons: Patrick, Mac and Murphy.