American University didn't have to go beyond the Beltway to find its next basketball coach, staying in Washington, D.C., to hire Georgetown assistant Mike Brennan on Tuesday.
Brennan, a former American assistant, spent the last four seasons at Georgetown on coach John Thompson III's staff. He replaces his former boss, Jeff Jones, who left American earlier this month after 13 years to take the head coaching job at Old Dominion.
"As an assistant, you always think you're ready," Brennan said. "You always want to be the head guy, but I think that I wanted to work at a place like American University. Because of my background, I think it sort of tailored to me."
According to The Washington Post, the other finalists for the job were Virginia assistant Jason Williford and former Ball State and Lehigh coach Billy Taylor.
While Brennan was at American as an assistant, the Eagles reached the NCAA Tournament twice, losing in the first round both times.
Thompson watched Brennan's introductory news conference.
"I'm extremely happy for him," Thompson said, according to the Post. "It is a great fit. I know he'll do a terrific job."