Utilizing his connections as a former student-athlete and coach in the Chicago area, Brennan has quickly shown his acumen as a top-flight recruiter, preparing a side that will be ready take to the pitch this fall for the first time in 23 years.
Brennan came to Roosevelt after spending the last four seasons as an assistant varsity coach and head junior varsity coach for the men's soccer team at Robert Morris University. Brennan was a part of the process of building the Eagles program, which kicked off in 2007. Under his guidance, Robert Morris twice qualified for the postseason conference tournament and produced three All-Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference honorees.
A 2001 graduate of Loyola University Chicago, where he was a member of the men's soccer team, Brennan got his first coaching experience guiding the U9-U14 squads for the Wilmette Wings club program. He worked with the wings from 2000-07, while also spending the 2003 season back with the Ramblers as an assistant coach.
In 2007, along with his duties at Robert Morris, Brennan began a five-year run with the Chicago Fire Premier. He served as the assistant coach for the Chicago Fire PDL in 2007 before being appointed the head coach of the Chicago Fire NPSL the following year. In 2010, he led the U23 squad to the national championship.
"Brennan knows the Chicago soccer landscape as well as anyone," said Athletic Director Mike Cassidy. "As a former student-athlete at Loyola and as a coach in this city at both the club and collegiate level the last 10 years, he knows where to find the type of student-athletes who will proudly represent Roosevelt on the pitch and in the classroom. His relationships in the soccer community will help our program grow at an accelerated pace, and I am excited to see where his leadership will take us."
|#||Name||Cl.||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Hometown||Previous School||Club Team|
|0||Jake Cigelnik||FR||GK||6-2||Mundelein, IL||Mundelein|
|2||Ryan Kausch||FR||D||5-11||Maumee, OH||Maumee|
|3||Brandon Asher||FR||F||5-8||Mundelein, IL||Mundelein|
|4||Hayden Hagemann||FR||D||5-10||South Elgin, IL||St. Charles North|
|5||Jonathan Medina||FR||D||6-0||Bolingbrook, IL||Plainfield East|
|6||Lane Mita||FR||MF||5-10||Skokie, IL||Niles West|
|7||Ruben Estrada||FR||MF||5-11||Chicago, IL||St. Joseph|
|8||Shawn McCargar||SO||MF||6-0||Dexter, MI||Dexter|
|9||Cristian Palacio||SO||5-8||Planfield, lll.||Joliet Junior College|
|10||Leo Rodriguez||FR||D||6-1||Mundelein, IL||Mundelein|
|11||Diego Rivas||FR||F||5-3||Chicago, IL||Kelly|
|12||Drew Smith||FR||D||6-0||St. Charles, IL||St. Charles North|
|13||Josh Ponce||FR||MF||5-10||Melrose Park, Ill.||Leyden|
|14||Henrique Chamas||FR||F||5-10||Sao Paulo, Brazil||Sistema de Ensino Energia|
|15||John Franco||FR||MF||5-10||Hanover Park, IL||Schaumburg|
|16||Kevin Berglund||FR||D||5-11||Chesterton, IN||Chesterton|
|18||Andrew Obamaly||FR||MF||5-10||Pingree Grove, IL||Hampshire|
|19||T.J. Armic||SO||MF||5-10||Riverside, IL||Triton College|
|22||Nick Radcliffe||FR||F||5-8||Marengo, IL||Marengo|
|23||Matthew Brant||FR||D||5-10||Arlington Heights, IL||Hersey|
|33||Jose Ortiz||FR||GK||5-10||Chicago, Ill.||Curie|