Gregg Brandon

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Gregg Brandon
Gregg Brandon.jpg
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head Coach
Team Colorado School of Mines
Conference RMAC
Biographical details
Born (1956-02-29) February 29, 1956 (age 59)
Tucson, Arizona
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Ellicott HS (CO)
Weber State (TE/ST)
Weber State (LB)
Weber State (WR/TE)
Wyoming (WR)
Utah State (LB)
Northwestern (WR)
Colorado (WR)
Bowling Green (AHC/OC)
Bowling Green
Virginia (OC)
Las Vegas Locomotives (TE)
Wyoming (OC/QB)
New Mexico State (OC/QB)
Colorado School of Mines (HC)
Head coaching record
Overall 44–30
Bowls 2–1

Gregg Brandon (born February 29, 1956) is the current head football coach at Colorado School of Mines.[1] Previous to that, he was the offensive coordinator of the New Mexico State Aggies andcoached tight ends in the UFL for the Las Vegas Locomotives. He also spent two years as the Offensive Coordinator at the University of Wyoming and was Offensive Coordinator for the Virginia Cavaliers for the duration of the 2009 season and head coach for the Bowling Green Falcons, but was fired following the conclusion of the 2008 season, after six years at the helm, which included three bowl appearances and shares of two division titles.[2] Brandon had previously been an Assistant Coach and Offensive Coordinator for former Bowling Green head coach Urban Meyer, before Meyer left for the University of Utah in 2003. Brandon is married to the former Robyn Mitchell and has two sons, Nicholas and Timothy. Brandon is also uncle to Incarnate Word standout, Paul Townsen.


Brandon played football at Air Academy High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He went on to compete at the collegiate level as both a defensive back and wide receiver at Colorado Mesa University (1974) and University of Northern Colorado (1975–77). He graduated from Northern Colorado in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in education.

Coaching career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Brandon began his coaching career as head football coach at Ellicott (Colo.) High School. He spent three seasons there (1978–80) before joining the college ranks at Weber State (under former Washington State and current UTEP coach Mike Price), where he would coach the next six seasons (1981–86). He coached the tight ends and special teams in his first four seasons, the linebackers in his fifth year and the receivers and tight ends during his final year in Ogden.

In 1987 was then named receivers coach at Wyoming, where he would work the next four years (1987–90). During his tenure with head coach Paul Roach, the Cowboys posted a 35-15 record, including a 16-0 run in Western Athletic Conference play in 1987 and 1988, and played in three bowls ('87 and '88 Holiday and '90 Copper). In 1991, he returned to Utah where he coached the linebackers for one season (1991) at Utah State.

The following year, Brandon joined the Northwestern staff as receivers coach. He was also Northwestern's recruiting coordinator for his last two seasons there (1997–98). In his seven seasons at Northwestern, Brandon assembled an extremely talented group of receivers, including D'Wayne Bates, the second all-time leading receiver in Big Ten history. Bates was a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award and an All-America candidate. Brandon would return to the West, spending two seasons at Colorado under Gary Barnett, where he coached the receivers and kickoff return units both years and was the team's passing-game coordinator in 2000 and recruiting coordinator in 1999.

Bowling Green[edit]

He joined the Falcons as an assistant head coach and offensive coordinator following the 2000 season under head coach Urban Meyer. Following Meyer's departure to Utah in 2002, Gregg Brandon was named the 16th head football coach in Bowling Green's history.

In his first season as Bowling Green's head coach, Brandon lead the Falcons to an 11-3 record, a national ranking and an appearance in the 2003 MAC Championship Game, eventually losing to Miami (OH) at Doyt Perry Stadium. The Falcons would still be invited to a bowl game, defeating Brandon's former Northwestern squad, 28-24 at the Motor City Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.

The following season, Brandon went 9-3 including taking the Falcons to a second consecutive bowl game, defeating Memphis 52-35 at the 2004 GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. The Falcons would finish 6-5 in 2005 after losing a hard fought game against arch rival, Toledo in multiple overtimes, a game if the Falcons had won would've gone to their second MAC Championship and could have gone to a bowl game for the third straight year under Brandon.

Brandon would suffer his first and only losing season in 2006, finishing 4-8 including losses to rivals Kent State, Miami (OH), and Toledo, as well as becoming the first team to lose to Temple in 20-games. Brandon's Falcons would put the prior season behind them as they would post an 8-5 record during their 2007 campaign earning a share of the MAC East Division title, but missing out on the opportunity to play in the MAC Championship game due to a tiebreaker. Brandon would lead the team to its third bowl under his tenure, losing to Tulsa 63-7 in the GMAC Bowl.

Coming into the 2008 season, the Falcons were picked to be the beast of the MAC East and were projected to reach the MAC Championship Game as well as their second straight bowl game. However, the Falcons had a very disappointing campaign, going 6-6 including a 1-4 record at home. Following the Falcons double-overtime loss in their home finale against Buffalo, Brandon showed irritation with the fans for their poor attendance at the game as it had championship implications. The day after winning their first road contest at arch rival Toledo since 1994, Brandon was fired by athletic director Greg Christopher after six years as Bowling Green's head coach and posting a 44-30 record.[2]


On December 18, 2008, Brandon accepted the position of offensive coordinator at the University of Virginia, replacing Mike Groh (son of then current Virginia head coach, Al Groh), who stepped down a week before Brandon's hiring.[3] Brandon had been named a leading candidate for the position soon after Groh's resignation.[4]

Colorado School of Mines[edit]

On Dec. 29, 2014, Brandon became the sixth head coach in the history of the Colorado School of Mines.[5]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Bowling Green Falcons (Mid-American Conference) (2003–2008)
2003 Bowling Green 11–3 7–2 1st (West) W Motor City 23
2004 Bowling Green 9–3 6–2 3rd (West) W GMAC
2005 Bowling Green 6–5 5–3 2nd (East)
2006 Bowling Green 4–8 3–5 4th (East)
2007 Bowling Green 8–5 6–2 T–1st (East) L GMAC
2008 Bowling Green 6–6 4–4 T–2nd (East)
Bowling Green: 44–30 33–20
Total: 44–30
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


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  2. ^ a b Autullo, Ryan (November 29, 2008). "Bowling Green fires Brandon". Toledo Blade. Retrieved November 29, 2008. 
  3. ^ Autullo, Ryan (December 18, 2008). "Ex-BGSU coach Brandon accepts position at Virginia". Toledo Blade. Retrieved December 18, 2008. 
  4. ^ Jenkins, Jay (December 17, 2008). "Brandon emerges in UVa's search". The Daily Progress. Retrieved December 18, 2008. 
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