Wyoming Fans, Friends React to Passing of Jim Brandenburg
LARAMIE -- Jim Brandenburg, one of the most successful basketball coaches in Wyoming history, died Sunday. He was 87.
Brandenburg, who roamed the sidelines in Laramie for nine seasons, led the Cowboys to three NCAA appearances and the same number of WAC championships during his tenure. He recruited the likes of Fennis Dembo and Eric Leckner. Charles Bradley, Sean Dent, Bill Garnett, and many others, also played for "Brandy" on the high plains.
Wyoming fans and friends reacted to the news of Brandenburg's passing on this Father's Day. Here are some comments on the man who led the Pokes to 176 victories:
Facebook: Today dad is dancing with mom in heaven! Bart, Gaye and I are unbelievably grateful to have been loved by this beautiful man. The Brandenburg’s have had unbelievable support from extended family. We love you beyond words!
Leesa Lee (Facebook) A legend! Blessings to Jim's family.
Jackie Jones (Facebook) I am so sorry to hear this. When I was in 5th grade I interviewed him for a class project over the phone. He was so kind, and he answered all my silly questions. Prayers to his family
Todd Larson (Facebook) RIP Brandy. Great Coach! Those days back in the mid to late Eighties were special for UW hoops!
Trisha Folks Musich (Facebook) He was an AMAZING coach! Condolences to his family and friends.
Shannon Sheaff (Facebook) Condolences to his family and Pokes Nation. Great coach and era in Cowboy Basketball.
Brad F. Calvert (Facebook) He was a great coach and person. One of the best and most loyal coaches to ever walk the floor of the Arena Auditorium. He bled Brown and Gold. He also took the Pokes to the runner up title in the 86 NIT.
Abe Froman (Facebook) I hope he passed peacefully. Wish he could have given us just one more year with Fennis and the boys. Just one.
Tony Poulos (Facebook) Condolences to the Brandenburg family. RIP coach.