Russ Brennen is entering his eighth season as head coach of Babson's track and field and cross-country teams. A 1992 graduate of RIT, Brennen has brought both athletic and academi excellence to Babson. In his first seven seasons at the helm of the program, the Babson track and field squad has sent has sent 59 individuals to the New England Championships in 65 different events while also producing five all-conference selections and 11 All-New England athletes. Brennen's teams have been especially successful over the past few seasons, as his squad set a new program record with eight regional qualifiers and four ECAC qualifiers in 2007, then sent eight athletes to regionals and three more to the ECACs in 2008, and boasted eight more regional competitors, the program's first-ever women's NEWMAC Champion, and an All-New England selection in 2009. In 2010, Brennan's squads produced nine more regional qualifiers as well as the program's second female All-ECAC selection, and in 2011 Babson saw two more women earn All-ECAC honors.
In addition to his team's athletic accomplishments, Brennen's teams have also performed magnificently in the classroom, as six men and one woman earned National All-Academic status in 2007 - the squad's most ever in a single season. In addition, the men's team earned Team All-Academic honors that same year. Since then, both the men's and women's squads have achieved All-Academic status in each of the last four years, giving the program nine total team awards in five seasons.
After receiving his Master's degree from Syracuse University in 2001, Brennen spent the next three seasons as the assistant cross-country and track and field coach at Babson. During that time, he also served as a senior designer in the Office of Publications. In addition to collegiate coaching, Brennen has enjoyed great success working for TRACS, Inc., a well-established athletic consulting company, for the past 12 years. He has been involved with a wide variety of projects, including club-level coaching with the Cambridge Running Club and the Boston Running Club, a national powerhouse in cross-country and track. He has also worked on national and international projects like the John Hancock Elite Village for the Boston Marathon, the U.S. National Masters Track and Field Championships, and FILA's Discovery Kenya project.
Brennen ran competitively at both the high school and college levels, participating in indoor track, outdoor track, and cross-country at RIT. He has also competed in a total of seven marathons, including three in Boston.