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Gregg Brandon

Gregg Brandon (born February 29 1956 in Tuscon, Arizona) is currently the Head Football Coach of the Bowling Green State University Football Team. Prior to this he served as an Assistant Coach for now University of Florida Head Football Coach Urban Meyer. Brandon is married to the former Robyn Mitchell and has two sons, Nicholas and Timothy.

Education

Brandon played football at Air Academy High School in Colorado Springs and then played collegiately as both a defensive back and wide receiver at Mesa State (1974) and Northern Colorado (1975-77). He graduated from Northern Colorado in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in education.

Coaching career

Brandon began his coaching career as head football coach at Ellicott (Colo.) High School. He spent three seasons there (1978-80) before joining the college ranks at Weber State (under former University of Alabama and current UTEP coach Mike Price), where he would coach the next six seasons (1981-86). He coached the tight ends and special teams in his first four seasons, the linebackers in his fifth year and the receivers and tight ends during his final year in Ogden. He was then named receivers coach at Wyoming, where he would work the next four years (1987-90). During his tenure with head coach Paul Roach, the Cowboys posted a 35-15 record, including a 16-0 run in Western Athletic Conference play in 1987 and 1988, and played in three bowls ('87 and '88 Holiday and '90 Copper). In 1991, he returned to Utah where he coached the linebackers for one season (1991) at Utah State. In 1992, Brandon joined the Northwestern University staff as receivers coach. He was also Northwestern's recruiting coordinator for his last two seasons there (1997-98). In his seven seasons at Northwestern, Brandon assembled an extremely talented group of receivers, including D'Wayne Bates, the second all-time leading receiver in Big Ten history. Bates was a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award and an All-America candidate. He joined the Falcons as an Assistant Head Coach in 2000 after spending two seasons at Colorado under Gary Barnett, where he coached the receivers and kickoff return units both years and was the team's passing-game coordinator in 2000 and recruiting coordinator in 1999. Following the departure of Urban Meyer to the University of Utah in 2002, Gregg Brandon was named the 16th Head Football Coach in BGSU history. Later in 2003, Brandon got the Falcons to the MAC Championship to play Miami (OH), but they lost at Doyt L. Perry Stadium. He went 11-3 his first year and took the Falcons to the Motor City Bowl in Detroit, MI. They won the game 28-24 against Northwestern. Following in 2004, Brandon went 9-3 after he took the Falcons to the GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. They won the game 52-35 over Memphis. Then, the Falcons went 6-5 in 2005 after losing a hard fought game against arch rival, Toledo in overtime. The Falcons would've gone to the MAC Championship and could've gone to a bowl game for the third straight year. Omar Jacobs, a great quarterback at BG who threw for a record 41 TD's and 4 INTs was injured mid way through the season. Then, Jacobs decided to go to the NFL in 2006, which left the Falcons without much hope as the went 4-8, Brandon's worst season so far. But, the Falcons regained ground and had a brilliant season in 2007 going 8-4. They didn't make it to the MAC Championship, but they are going to Brandon's third bowl game in five years of being the coach.

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