Austin, Texas – One of the most respected assistants in the country who coached the 2021 Biletnikoff Prize winner, Brennan Marion joins the Texas Football team as passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach. Marion is a record-breaking college recipient herself and has extensive coaching experience at both high school and college levels, including three seasons as an offensive coordinator. He replaces AndrÃ© Colemanwho will not be returning to Texas staff for the 2022 season.
“Brennan is a great addition to our team and I am very happy to have him on board,” said head coach Steve Sarkisian said. âHe’s the guy I’ve seen and admired from afar, and when we talked about a passing game coordinator and wide receiver coach, his name kept coming up. He’s an innovative coach who has lots of new and unique ideas in ours Will bring in passing. After long conversations with him, I could tell that he was the perfect person for our role. He’s an energetic person and a relationship type who gets the most out of his players. Not only will he be a great trainer to our receivers and a great member of our team, but he will also be an experienced and knowledgeable mentor who will be a great resource for everyone on our program. I’m excited to bring him to Austin and get to work. “
In 2021, Marion was part of a Pitt team leading one of the country’s most explosive crimes. As a wide receiver trainer for an offensive that is among the best eight in the nation in the ranking (41.4 ppg / 4th), the overall offensive (486.6 ypg / 8th) and the pass offensive (337.4 ypg / 8th) -3 record, her first-ever ACC Championship, a No. 12 regular season finals, and a place in New Year’s Six Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
Marion’s prize student at Pitt was wide receiver Jordan Addison, who won the Biletnikoff Award for best receiver in the country and was a consensual All-American first-team selection in 2021. The first-team All-ACC wideout set a Pitt single-season record with 100 receptions that season, taking fifth place in the FBS for 1,593 yards (3rd FBS) and an FBS-leading 17 touchdowns. The receiving yards and touchdowns rank second only to Larry Fitzgerald in one season in Pitt history.
“I’m really looking forward to this opportunity and can’t wait to get started,” said Marion. “Coach Sark is an offensive coach like him, and what he’s putting together as head coach in Texas is something I can be excited about. The opportunity to learn, learn and grow under him, was premier program like Texas was It’s a proud program with a rich history, and I want to be part of the story of helping the Longhorns get known again and regain their place as a national powerhouse.
Prior to Pitt, Marion was Wide Receivers Coach in Hawaii in 2020, overseeing the development of the All-Mountain West Conference (MWC) receiver Calvin Turner. Under his leadership, Turner was named the New Mexico Bowl’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player after building 252 all-purpose yards and scoring two touchdowns in the Rainbow Warriors’ 28-14 win over Houston.
In 2019 Marion was Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach at William & Mary, where he dramatically improved the trunk’s production in all major statistical categories. William & Mary nearly doubled their points average while their total offensive performance increased by nearly 100 yards per event. The tribe’s improvement was even more impressive when you consider that Marion’s quarterback, lead receiver, and three of his top four rushers were real newbies.
Marion’s first Division I coaching opportunity came at Howard University, where he experienced two exceptional seasons (2017-18) as the Bison’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Howard boasted a highly potent offensive in 2018, ranking fourth nationwide in yards per close (17.27), 15th in total yards (470.8 ypg), 16th in passing offensive (278.0 ypg) and 21. The bison led the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in each of these categories, as did the rushing yards per game (192.8). Howard had seven first-team All-MEAC players on offense, including 2018 Offensive Player of the Year (quarterback Caylin Newton) and Rookie of the Year (running back Dedrick Parson).
In 2017, Newton was named MEAC Rookie of the Year after becoming the first freshman in conference history to exceed 3,000 yards total offensive (3,185). Offensive lineman Gerald Wright received All-America Awards and paved the way for a unit that finished first in the MEAC and 13th nationwide, averaging 446.0 yards per game.
Marion’s go-go offensive led Howard to a 7-4 record in 2017, including a shocking 43:40 win at the heavily favored UNLV opener. The bison had only won three games in the past two years.
In 2016, Marion trained the running backs at Oklahoma Baptist University. Under his tutelage, Isaiah Mallory stormed a school record of 1,083 yards en route in honor of the All-National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) first-team. During the 2015 season, Marion was an offensive quality control assistant in the state of Arizona.
During his college coaching career, he received prestigious invitations to the NFL Quarterback Coaching Summit and the 35 Under 35 Leadership Institute of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).
Prior to entering the college ranks, Marion orchestrated two formidable turnarounds as high school head coach. In 2014, he led the Waynesboro Area in Pennsylvania – which had reached 0-10 the previous year – to the Mid-Penn Colonial Division title and their first winning season in 22 years. In 2013, Marion ran St. Patrick-St. Vincent, California, after a season 1-9 prior to arriving in the North Coast Section Division IV playoffs.
As a 2009 graduate of Tulsa, Marion was a record recipient for the Golden Hurricanes. In two seasons in Tulsa (2007-08) he accumulated 2,356 yards in 82 receptions with 19 touchdowns. He was two-time All-Conference USA selection and 2007 C-USA Newcomer of the Year. Marion set NCAA records for yards per catch in a season (31.9 in 2007) and career (28.7).
Prior to Tulsa, he was a prominent contributor at De Anza College. In 2006, he led California’s junior colleges with 1,196 yards and 16 touchdowns in 60 receptions. After his successful college career, Marion signed free agent contracts with the Miami Dolphins and the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.
Marion is from Greensburg, Pennsylvania and was letterman in three different sports (soccer, basketball, and athletics) at Greensburg Salem High School for four years. He played receiver and defensive back under the Golden Lions head coach, George Kermer, and was an All-Keystone Conference awardee.
Marion has two children, Mariah and Brennan.