Joseph Brennan (basketball)

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Joseph Brennan
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1900-11-15)November 15, 1900
Brooklyn, NY
Died May 10, 1989(1989-05-10) (aged 88)
New York, NY
Playing career
1919-1936 Brooklyn Visitations
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1941–1948 St. Francis College
Head coaching record
Overall 90-46 (66.2%)
Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1975

Joseph R. Brennan (born November 15, 1900 in Brooklyn, New York – died May 10, 1989) was one of the early professional basketball players. He is mostly known for his time with the Brooklyn Visitations, which he joined in 1919 and led to three ABL championships (1929, 1931 and 1935).[1] After his playing career, he coached St. Francis College in Brooklyn for 7 seasons from 1941-1948.[2] He was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1975.


Joseph R. Brennan was born in Brooklyn on November 15, 1900. He attended High School at St. Augustine Academy and played basketball there for four years.[3] When he graduated in 1919, he went directly to a professional basketball team: the all-Irish Brooklyn Visitations. At the time it was prevalent for players to compete on several teams in different leagues during the same season. As such, during Brennan's 19 year career he also played for Troy, New York of the New York State League, Holyoke, Massachusetts of the Massachusetts League, Philadelphia and Wilkes -Bare both of the Eastern League, and for the Brooklyn Jewels, the Brooklyn Whirlwinds and the Brooklyn Dodgers.[3] The Brooklyn Visitations began in the Metropolitan League but later moved to the ABL. With the Visitations, Brennan won 3 ABL championships.

In 1936 he retired from professional basketball and began a college basketball coaching career with St. Francis College. It is also worth noting that Brennan during the 1920s and up until 1961 was an employee at Emigrant Savings Bank. This at times prevented him from playing in road games when he was an active Basketball player during the 1920s and 30's. In 1961, when Brennan left Emigrant Savings Bank he was the vice-president and went on the become the president of Atlantic Savings and Loans Association of Brooklyn. He held that post until 1968 when he retired. Seven years later he was named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

St. Francis College[edit]

During Brennan's seven seasons the Terriers, playing in the Metropolitan New York Conference or as Independents, had a 90-46 record. Brennan has the highest win percentage as a head coach in Terrier basketball history at 66.2%.

Head Coaching Record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
St. Francis (NY) (Metropolitan New York Conference or Independent) (1941–1948)
1941–1942 St. Francis (NY) 16-2 Independent 4th
1942–1943 St. Francis (NY) 13-7 1-5 7th
1943–1944 St. Francis (NY) 10-6 Independent 30th
1944–1945 St. Francis (NY) 9-9 Independent 40th
1945–1946 St. Francis (NY) 12-6 3-2 4th
1946–1947 St. Francis (NY) 14-7 2-3 5th
1947–1948 St. Francis (NY) 16-9 2-3 6th
St. Francis (NY): 90-46 8-13
Total: 90-46

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ "Hall of Famers: Joseph Brennan". Basketball Hall of Fame. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Joseph Brennan Coaching Record". Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  3. ^ a b David L. Porter. Basketball: a biographical dictionary. Greenwood Publishing Group / pp. 54–55. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 

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