- Years at CLU4
- Alma MaterCal Lutheran ('03)
Brendan Garrett has been promoted to Top Assistant for his fifth season on the coaching staff with the California Lutheran University men’s basketball program for the 2016-17 season, however, he is not new to CLU. He is a part of the class of 2003. On his return, Coach Garrett states, “CLU holds a dear place in my heart. It is my pleasure to be here, and I am proud to serve this institution, our athletic department, our men’s basketball program, and, most importantly, our student-athletes.”
Coach Garrett comes back to CLU after serving as the head boys basketball coach at Hueneme High School in Oxnard, Calif. for the past four years. There, he took over a program that had just three wins in the previous season. In his second season, not only did the team almost quadruple the win total from his first season, but he also guided them back to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) playoffs for the first time in four seasons. He would also go on to guide them back to the CIF playoffs in his final season. While there, Coach Garrett was responsible for the development of one All-Ventura County player, six All-Pacific View League (PVL) players, and 7 All-PVL Honorable Mention players. He also helped one player to finish the 2008-09 season ranked in the top 100 in the nation for blocks (per maxpreps.com), and another player to be ranked first in PVL and second in Ventura County for rebounding in 2011-12. Hueneme is a lower socio-economic school, so Coach Garrett was also hard at work off of the court. He drastically increased the fundraising amount by almost six times in his first year. Hueneme also saw an increase in the program’s overall grade-point average, no academic ineligibility at the varsity level, and a 100% graduation rate during his tenure. Coach Garrett also led the direction of the summer youth basketball camps, which saw an increase in enrollment from 18 to over 160 kids during his time.
Before becoming a head coach, Garrett served as the top assistant men’s basketball coach at Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU). He was one of the youngest people in the country to hold that position, when he got hired in 2006. There, his duties included: recruiting coordinator; development of perimeter players (where he helped develop one all-conference guard); assisted with designing off-season skill development workouts, and strength & conditioning workouts; director of camps (planning, marketing, registering, & teaching/coaching); assisted with fundraising; in-charge of scouting opponents; assisted with game scheduling; academic liaison; alumni development; and team equipment organization & coordination of student-managers.
Prior to NWU, Coach Garrett served as the Graduate Assistant Coach for the CLU Kingsmen after he finished his playing career. While completing his graduate work, he assisted with all aspects of the program, including: on the floor coaching; film exchange; scouting; film break-downs; recruiting; camps; equipment management; & study hall. The Kingsmen led the nation for NCAA Division III in team field goal percentage in 2004-05. He was also selected as National Camp Counselor of the Year by Camp Business Magazine in 2004.
In college, Coach Garrett was a four-year player at CLU, from 1999-2003, playing for Coach Rich Rider’s first Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) championship team that also played in the NCAA Tournament in 2001. During his four years, the team’s overall record was 69-31 and 41-14 (0.732%) in conference. In 2001-02, the Kingsmen team won 20 games, were ranked in the top 10 in the West Region, and got votes for top 25 in the country on D3hoops.com. In his senior year, he was voted the team’s Hard Hat Award winner, which is given to the player with the best work ethic.
The Oxnard, Calif. native completed his bachelor’s degree in social science at CLU in 2003 and received his California single-subject teaching credential and master’s degree in education in 2006. Garrett is married to the former Jennifer Gilbertson, who is also a CLU Alumnus (Class of 2004). They have a son, Brendan Jr., and reside in Camarillo. He attributes some of his coaching philosophy to one of the best coaches he knows, his older brother, Nick Garrett, who is currently the head football coach at Santa Clara High School in Oxnard, Calif.