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May 23, 2014

 

With the NBA Playoffs building up to the Finals and the College Basketball season long done, I figured it was probably the last opportunity to do a season recap fashionably late before we hit Memorial Day weekend! 

 

What an amazing ride the 2013-14 season was...it was a year that a number of records were broken, and a year that our team, school, and fans won't forget for a long time.

 

Coming into the year, we were picked 9th/10th out of 10 teams in the Patriot League pretty much universally coming off of a 10-20 season with a new staff and a lot of unproven players. We ended up with a second-place finish in the conference, tying a program record with 13 conference wins and starting the league slate a perfect 10-0, one win shy of the all-time AU record set by legendary coach Gary Williams in 1980-81. We led all teams in scoring defense (59.2 points per game), scoring margin (+6.7), FG % (50.5 percent), FG % defense (41.5 percent), 3pt FG % (40.5 percent) and assists (15.9). We were also one of only five teams in the NCAA to open the conference slate with 10-straight victories. Coach Brennan had the greatest first year of any AU coach, tying the program record for wins (20), set by American Hall of Famer Ed Tapscott.

 

Along the way, four players were selected Patriot League All-Conference; Tony Wroblicky (1st Team & Defensive POY), Darius Gardner (2nd Team & Patriot League Tournament MVP), Jesse Reed (2nd Team & Scholar-Athlete of the Year), & John Schoof (3rd Team). Coach Brennan was also selected by his peers as the Patriot League Coach of the Year, the NABC as District 13 Coach of the Year, and Nationally as a finalist for the Joe B. Hall (1st Year Head Coach of the Year), and the Hugh Durham (Mid-Major Coach of the Year) Awards.

 

Then live on CBS Sports Network on March 12th in Boston, we completed our improbable turnaround season with a 55-36 win over Boston University, capturing the 2014 Patriot League Tournament Championship and securing a birth in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. We were given a #15 seed and matched up with #2 Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI in the 2nd Round of the West Region. Wisconsin advanced to the 2014 Final Four in Dallas, TX. 

 

For my family it was also a phenomenal year as we welcomed our second child, an amazing baby girl we named Eva Simone on March 6th. It made for a hectic and crazy year of juggling doctor's appointments, ultrasounds, my pregnant wife doing her best while I travelled for games and recruiting, and ultimately our baby being born during the Patriot League Tournament. We're extremely thankful for everyone who helped us out during that crazy time including family, great friends, the AU coaching staff, and the AU athletic department.

 

What a phenomenal year filled with some unbelievable blessings. Thanks again to our players who were an awesome group to be around and work with everyday, the AU coaches & families, our Alumni, fans, and everyone in AU athletics for an amazing year...we're all excited and looking forward to 2014-15 already!

 

Check out a few pics that captured some of what made 2013-14 great...Happy Memorial Day weekend & GO EAGLES!

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