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Terry Brennan - 1954-58, 32-18-0 (.640)

Terry Brennan, a former Notre Dame halfback and freshman coach under Frank Leahy, was hired to replace the coaching legend when Brennan was only 25 years old.



Brennan was a city championship-winning high school coach in Chicago for three seasons after graduation, before serving under Leahy for one year as freshman coach.

He occupies a curious, and illustrative spot in Notre Dame Football history, as a coach who, because he did not win a national championship, and had one losing season, was not necessarily considered a key Notre Dame coaching legend.

But Brennan, finishing in the top-10 three of his five seasons, and in the top-20 a fourth time, actually had a higher winning percentage overall than Barry Alvarez or Joe Tiller. At any other institution, Brennan probably might have been considered a coaching legend after all, and possibly settled into a long and highly touted tenure.

Leprechaun Express: Notre Dame Football Intel Update Articles

:: Terry Brennan: Top-10 finishes bracketed Notre Dame football's 2-8 finish in 1956; Terry Brennan had higher winning percentage than Joe Tiller or Barry Alvarez (update 1)
Leprechaun Express: Notre Dame Football Intel Update, Feb. 13, 2009
... Terry Brennan, hired as Notre Dame Head Football Coach at age 25, had a 2-8 season his third year, but finished in the top-10 three of his five years, and in the top-20 a fourth year, his final one coaching the Irish ... Brennan's overall winning percentage was higher than Tiller or Alvarez, and anywhere else, Brennan would have had a long tenure and been considered a coaching legend

Terry Brennan Links & Resources

:: Terry Brennan bio - UND.com

:: Terry Brennan of Notre Dame - purchase through Amazon.com


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More Links

:: 1977 National Championship Team: The Right Combination - und.com
:: Where Are They Now? Ryan Leahy - nocoastbias.com/ scout.com
:: Echoes: Who Knew? The New Lou - Notre Dame Magazine
:: Wounded Veteran, ND Alum Rocky Bleier never gave up on NFL dream
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