NO. R-171. House concurrent resolution honoring University of Vermont basketball coach Tom Brennan.
Offered by: Representatives Brennan of Colchester, Adams of Hartland, Allaire of Rutland City, Allard of St. Albans Town, Ancel of Calais, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of S. Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Barnard of Richmond, Bartlett of Dover, Bohi of Hartford, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Brooks of Montpelier, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clark of Vergennes, Clarkson of Woodstock, Condon of Colchester, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Corcoran of Bennington, Cross of Winooski, Darrow of Dummerston, Deen of Westminster, DePoy of Rutland City, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Dowland of Holland, Dunsmore of Georgia, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Endres of Milton, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Flory of Pittsford, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Grad of Moretown, Green of Berlin, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Hosford of Waitsfield, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Howard of Rutland City, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Hunt of Essex, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Johnson of Canaan, Kainen of Hartford, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kennedy of Chelsea, Keogh of Burlington, Kilmartin of Newport City, Kiss of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, Larson of Burlington, LaVoie of Swanton, Lawrence of Lyndon, Leriche of Hardwick, Lippert of Hinesburg, Livingston of Manchester, Lorber of Burlington, Louras of Rutland City, Maier of Middlebury, Malcolm of Pawlet, Marcotte of Coventry, Marek of Newfane, Marron of Stowe, Martin of Springfield, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McAllister of Highgate, McCullough of Williston, McFaun of Barre Town, McLaughlin of Royalton, Metzger of Milton, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Miller of Elmore, Minter of Waterbury, Molloy of Arlington, Monti of Barre City, Mook of Bennington, Morley of Barton, Morrissey of Bennington, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Niquette of Colchester, Nitka of Ludlow, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O’Donnell of Vernon, Orr of Charlotte, Otterman of Topsham, Parent of St. Albans City, Partridge of Windham, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pellett of Chester, Perry of Richford, Peterson of Williston, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of S. Burlington, Randall of Troy, Reese of Pomfret, Rodgers of Glover, Rusten of Halifax, Schiavone of Shelburne, Seibert of Norwich, Severance of Colchester, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Shaw of Derby, Smith of New Haven, Smith of Morristown, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Tracy of Burlington, Trombley of Grand Isle, Valliere of Barre City, Westman of Cambridge, Winters of Swanton, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington, Young of Orwell and Zuckerman of Burlington.
Offered by: Senator Ayer of Addison District, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille District, Senator Campbell of Windsor District, Senator Collins of Franklin District, Senator Condos of Chittenden District, Senator Coppenrath of Caledonia District, Senator Cummings of Washington District, Senator Doyle of Washington District, Senator Dunne of Windsor District, Senator Flanagan of Chittenden District, Senator Gander of Windham District, Senator Giard of Addison District, Senator Illuzzi of Essex‑Orleans District, Senator Kitchel of Caledonia District, Senator Kittell of Franklin District, Senator Leddy of Chittenden District, Senator Lyons of Chittenden District, Senator MacDonald of Orange District, Senator Maynard of Rutland District, Senator Mazza of Grand Isle District, Senator Miller of Chittenden District, Senator Mullin of Rutland District, Senator Scott of Washington District, Senator Sears of Bennington District, Senator Shepard of Bennington District, Senator Snelling of Chittenden District, Senator Starr of Essex-Orleans District, Senator Welch of Windsor District, Senator White of Windham District and Senator Wilton of Rutland District.
Whereas, since 1986, Tom Brennan has led the University of Vermont Catamount basketball team as its illustrious 14th coach, boasting the second longest tenure in the program’s history and as its all-time winningest coach, and
Whereas, beginning with his days as a standout player at Phillipsburg Catholic High in New Jersey, Tom Brennan was destined for a basketball career, and
Whereas, after several intermediate stops, Tom Brennan inherited a basketball program in need of rejuvenation, a task that might have seemed too formidable for others, and
Whereas, he steadily developed a Division I college basketball team in which the University could take great pride, starting with an appearance in the America East Conference championship game in 1990, and his first winning season in 1991, and
Whereas, Coach Brennan brought Catamounts Matt Johnson and the late Kevin Roberson, who were designated America East Players of the Year, and 1,000-point scorers Brian Tarrant and Bernie Cieplicki to the Burlington campus, and
Whereas, as the new century dawned, his Catamounts, now with a star‑studded roster, including America East Players of the Year Taylor Coppenrath and T.J. Sorrentine, catapulted to heights never scaled in the history of UVM basketball with four consecutive 20 plus victory seasons, starting in 2001-2002, and
Whereas, under Coach Brennan’s guidance, the Catamounts won their first regular season America East title in 2001-2002 and the conference championship in each of the next three years, enabling the Vermont squad to appear in the NCAA basketball tournament as a result of these conference crowns, and
Whereas, he is the recipient of numerous accolades for his coaching performance, including three America East Coach of the Year Awards in 1991, 1998, and 2002 and the 2000 Doggie Julian Award for Distinguished Service in New England College Basketball, and
Whereas, Coach Brennan is known to Vermonters beyond Patrick Gym as a popular radio personality, and he has hosted national radio sports broadcasts, and
Whereas, he has decided to leave the coach’s spot on the Catamounts’ bench, concluding a memorable, and now legendary, career at the UVM basketball helm, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly honors Coach Tom Brennan for his many basketball accomplishments and for his role as a leader in the University of Vermont community for nearly two decades, and be it further
Resolved: That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Coach Brennan at the University of Vermont and to Bruce Bosley at the University of Vermont Department of Athletics.
The Vermont General Assembly
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