Assistant Head Coach
Brendan Gregory comes to Southern Miss after two seasons as the defensive line coach and strength and conditioning coordinator for football at Mississippi Valley State University.
Prior to his stint at MVSU, Gregory, a former defensive lineman on two Ohio Valley Conference championship teams at Eastern Kentucky, spent two seasons as defensive line coach and strength and conditioning coordinator for Austin Peay's football program.
Gregory arrived at Austin Peay in the Spring 2006 from Taylor County High School in Perry, Fla., where he served one year as defensive line coach, head strength and conditioning coach and physical education instructor. The new coach had an immediate impact on a young line that saw only one senior play significant time in the season's final weeks.
The Barbourville, Ky., native received both his bachelor's and master's degree from Eastern Kentucky. He played four seasons, from 1989-93, as a Colonels defensive lineman. In addition to being part of two OVC title teams, he also was a member of two EKU football teams that played in the then I-AA playoffs.
Initially after graduating from EKU, Gregory worked as a fitness specialist and personal trainer. He also coached high school in his native Barbourville. In August 1999, he served as a volunteer in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers strength and conditioning program. A year later he spent a month as football operations intern with the Cleveland Browns.
Gregory returned to Eastern Kentucky from August 1999 to January 2001, to complete his master's while serving as the program's assistant strength and conditioning coach. From there he served a seven-month internship with the University of Louisville before being hired by the University of Richmond as its assistant strength and conditioning coach from 2001-02.
He moved to the high school level at Christian County High School in August 2002 as its strength and conditioning coach while also coaching running backs. From there, Gregory spent more than a year working with Velocity Sports Performance before returning to high school at Taylor County.
Gregory also holds certification as a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).
Gregory also has one son, Bradyn Deshawn, 7.