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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Former walk-on Bechard newest member of KU coaching staff

Kansas guard Sherron Collins, right, celebrates with Brennan Bechard after a three-pointer by Bechard against Coppin State during the second half Friday, Nov. 28, 2008 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Sherron Collins, right, celebrates with Brennan Bechard after a three-pointer by Bechard against Coppin State during the second half Friday, Nov. 28, 2008 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Coaches v. Cancer

Bill Self will join Kansas State’s Frank Martin, Missouri’s Mike Anderson and UMKC’s Matt Brown at the second-annual Coaches vs. Cancer Cocktail Reception on Oct. 6 at the College Basketball Experience in Kansas City, Mo.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with coaches’ presentations at 6:15 p.m. To reserve tickets, visit www.kcseasontipoff.org.

Former Kansas University basketball walk-on guard Brennan Bechard has joined the Jayhawk coaching staff.

Bechard, who played at KU the past three seasons, replaces former KU guard Jeremy Case, who left a graduate student manager post last spring to become a full-time assistant at Southeast Missouri State.

“I’ve always liked to hire ex-players of mine to an entry-level coaching position,” KU coach Bill Self said Friday. “Certainly when Jeremy was able to move on, the obvious choice for me was Brennan. He has been a huge asset to our program in the time he’s been here. He cares. I really think he’ll attack this coaching profession much like Mike (Lee, now an assistant at Gardner-Webb) and Jeremy did the past two years and will be an excellent coach.”

Bechard’s title at this time is volunteer assistant to the basketball program.

“I couldn’t be happier,” said Bechard, a Lawrence High graduate, whose dad, Ray, is KU volleyball coach. “It’s a great group of coaches to be around and learn from. I am looking forward to an exciting year.”

Bechard’s responsibilities will entail “breaking down film,” he said, as well as “being involved with a lot of stuff, any little thing that needs to be done.”

Bechard said he decided earlier this summer he definitely wanted to follow in his dad’s footsteps and choose coaching as a profession.

“Just after being here for so long and being around a great group of coaches and players, it seemed like a great opportunity,” Bechard said. “It doesn’t get better than a spot at Kansas. It will hopefully open up a lot of opportunities in the future.”

Coaches v. Cancer

Bill Self will join Kansas State’s Frank Martin, Missouri’s Mike Anderson and UMKC’s Matt Brown at the second-annual Coaches vs. Cancer Cocktail Reception on Oct. 6 at the College Basketball Experience in Kansas City, Mo.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with coaches’ presentations at 6:15 p.m. To reserve tickets, visit www.kcseasontipoff.org.

Comments

100 10 years, 8 months ago

Congratulations Brennan -- you have the best job in America!

David Hall 10 years, 8 months ago

he should do a good job he has work hard for it

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 8 months ago

Now this is the kind of positive news that will unfortunately will never be picked up by the AP, ESPN, or any other media.

Good on ya' Coach Bechard!

Dyrk Dugan 10 years, 8 months ago

Congrats to Brennan. what a year to be on this staff...could be really special. You come from an outstanding sports family.....so the history is there. Good luck and welcome aboard!

Steve Gantz 10 years, 8 months ago

We should hold judgment on him until we see how fights a football assistant coach.

MrPilot 10 years, 8 months ago

Congratulations, Coach Bechard! You deserve it.

(And, wissoxfan83: Hah!)

8808 10 years, 8 months ago

Seriously? Game day and this is the banner article. No wonder there's friction.

KEITHMILES05 10 years, 8 months ago

He was the driver of the van to go getch the guys post fight last Wed.

KanKu 10 years, 8 months ago

Bear with me....7th or 8th dude at minute 1:50....is it Keegan?

Joel Hood 10 years, 8 months ago

KanKu,

I think you are onto to something!!!!!! Circa 1989 maybe??

Chris Shaw 10 years, 8 months ago

Brennan, Congrats! You deserve it! "Coach B" has a nice ring to it! Glad to see it keep running in the entire family.

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