Monday, October 3, 2022

Brennan Marion named W&M football offensive coordinator

Marion comes to W&M after two tremendously successful seasons as Howard University's offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach under London where he elevated the Bison into one of the nation's most productive units. (WYDaily/Courtesy Tribe Athletics)
Marion comes to W&M after two tremendously successful seasons as Howard University’s offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach under London where he elevated the Bison into one of the nation’s most productive units. (WYDaily/Courtesy Tribe Athletics)

William & Mary Head Football Coach Mike London announced the hiring of Brennan Marion as the program’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Marion comes to W&M after two tremendously successful seasons as Howard University’s offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach under London where he elevated the Bison into one of the nation’s most productive units.

Under his direction in 2018, HU ranked 15th nationally in total offense (470.8), 18th in passing offense (278.0), 21st in scoring offense (33.6) and fourth in yards per completion (17.27) – all figures that led the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). The Bison also led the league in rushing yards per game (192.8).

“Brennan is a great addition to our new staff,” London said. “He has a proven track record of creating productive offenses. He brings an exciting brand of tempo, scoring and fun to our program.”

En route to posting the impressive numbers in 2018, seven offensive standouts garnered All-MEAC distinction – highlighted by seven first-team selections and the MEAC Rookie of the Year. The long list of honors followed up a successful first season at HU in which five of his players earned all-conference honors. Among those honored were 2017 MEAC Rookie of the Year and All-America Freshman First Team selection, quarterback Caylin Newton, and All-America offensive lineman, Gerald Wright.

Marion’s 2017 unit also posted impressive numbers, as it ranked 13th nationally in total offense (446.0) and 18th in rushing yards per game (215.5).

“I am very grateful to work at a school with such a great football tradition,” Marion said. “I look forward to working with Coach London to build on the tremendous success that Jimmye Laycock established at William & Mary.”

Before leading Howard’s offense, Marion coached two years at the collegiate level with Arizona State (2015) and Oklahoma Baptist University (2016) where he mentored two All-Americans.

Prior to coaching collegiately, Marion architected two impressive one-year turnarounds as a head coach at the high school level. In 2014, he led Waynesboro Area Senior High School (Pa.) to a division title and its first winning season in 22 years just one year after a posting a winless record. This effort earned him the distinction of the state high school coach of the year for Pennsylvania. In 2013, he led Saint Patrick-Saint Vincent Catholic High School to a playoff appearance following a 1-9 record the year prior to his arrival.

Marion played two seasons at the University of Tulsa where he finished his Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) career averaging 28.7 yards per reception (83 catches), which set a FBS record among players with at least 75 career receptions.

In his first season at Tulsa, Marion led the nation in yards per catch (31.9), breaking an FBS record in the process. Marion finished the season with 39 receptions for 1,244 yards and 11 touchdowns and was named Conference USA Newcomer of the Year. A second-team All-Conference USA selection, he was part of just the third team in FBS history to have three 1,000-yard receivers.

As a senior, Marion played 13 games and totaled 43 receptions for 1,112 yards and eight touchdowns. He earned first-team All-Conference USA honors after leading the nation in yards per catch for the second consecutive season.

In 2009, he was signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent.

Marion was a one-year letter winner in football, basketball and track at Greensburg-Salem High School in Greensburg, Pa. As a senior, Marion had 23 receptions for 400 yards and four touchdowns.

Marion graduated with a bachelor’s degree in organizational studies from Tulsa.

He has two children: Mariah and Brennan Marion.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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