Cincinnati hires Northern Kentucky’s John Brannen to replace Mick Cronin

Cincinnati has a new men’s basketball coach.

The Bearcats announced Sunday that they’ve hired Northern Kentucky coach John Brannen to take over for departed Mick Cronin.

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“We are thrilled to welcome John, his wife, Lisa, and their daughters, Jaylee and Katelyn, to the Bearcats family,” director of athletics Mike Bohn said in a statement. “He has a proven record as a head coach, longtime ties to the local community and coaches an exciting style of basketball. We were impressed with his passion, drive, determination and basketball acumen during the interview process where he truly emerged as the best coach to lead the Cincinnati basketball program with a bright future.” 

Brannen replaces Cronin, who left for UCLA. Brannen spent the past four seasons with Northern Kentucky, where he led the school to two NCAA Tournament appearances, one NIT appearance and two Horizon League Tournament titles.

“It’s truly an honor to take over such a storied program at the University of Cincinnati,” Brannen said in a statement. “The Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky community is special to my family, and we are happy to remain at home. I want to thank President Pinto, Mike Bohn and the search committee for this opportunity. We are thrilled to join a world-class University and continue to build on the historic success of Bearcats basketball and the incredible lineage of former coaches.”

However, not everyone was pleased by the hire. Former Cincinnati standout Kenyon Martin announced his disapproval shortly after it was announced.

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According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, former Bearcats associate coach Darren Savino had hoped to get the position, but now he’s expected to join Cronin at UCLA.

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