Russ Brennen, who was elevated to full-time status in April 2016 is entering his 13th season as head coach of Babson's men's and women's track & field program in 2016-17.
A 1992 graduate of RIT, Brennen has brought both athletic and academic excellence to Babson. His 2015 squads are coming off an extremely successful campaign that included two individual berths to the NCAA Division III National Championships, seven All-New England awards and four All-NEWMAC accolades. The Beavers also claimed NEWMAC individual championships in both the men's and women's 800-meter run, while Marina Capalbo '15 became the program's first NEWMAC Athlete of the Year selection.
Brennan has coached over 200 NCAA New England regional qualifiers and has seen his student-athletes collect 33 all-conference, 20 all-region and six All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) laurels over his first 12 years.
In addition to their athletic accomplishments, Brennen's teams have also performed magnificently in the classroom. During his tenure, the men's and women's track and field teams have combined to earn 21 USTFCCCA All-Academic Team awards, while a total of 11 individuals have also garnered national all-academic status. Additionally, Brennen's track & field student-athletes have combined to earn 53 spots on the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference team.
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.
Also Babson's cross country coach, 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.
|Season||NEWMAC Championship (Men)||NEWMAC Championship (Women)|
|2005||6th Place (15 Points)||8th Place (18 Points)|
|2006||6th Place (17 Points)||8th Place (4 Points)|
|2007||6th Place (16 Points)||8th Place (16 Points)|
|2008||6th Place (3 Points)||8th Place (18 Points)|
|2009||6th Place (14 Points)||6th Place (27 Points)|
|2010||6th Place (10 Points)||7th Place (25 Points)|
|2011||6th Place (15 Points)||9th Place (15 Points)|
|2012||6th Place (12 Points)||8th Place (27 Points)|
|2013||5th Place (35 Points)||9th Place (20 Points)|
|2014||6th Place (19 Points)||9th Place (23 Points)|
|2015||5th Place (43 Points)||8th Place (27 Points)|
|2016||5th Place (44 Points)||8th Place (11 Points)|
|Totals||12 Seasons||12 Seasons|