|Title:||Associate Head Coach|
|College:||UC Davis, '01|
Brandon Laird, who has 12 years of coaching experience under his
belt, begins his second season as Sacramento State’s
associate head coach in 2013-14, and third as a member of the
coaching staff (assistant coach in 2011-12).
Laird is the program’s recruiting coordinator while also assisting with on-floor coaching, day-to-day player administration, scouting, academics, player development, compliance and offseason workouts.
The Hornets have improved their conference record every year during Laird’s tenure, and the 2012-13 squad posted 14 victories, the most for the program in seven years. The team’s eight conference wins also tied for the most since the program joined the Big Sky Conference in 1996-97.
In addition, Sacramento State went 10-4 at home last year which tied the high water mark for home victories during the program’s Div. I era (1991-pres.). The Hornets allowed opponents just 65.7 points per game, the best mark in over 40 years. In addition, Sacramento State, which never lost more than two games in a row at any point during the season, turned the ball over just 11.2 times per game, the 28th best mark in the nation and best mark in school history.
In 2011-12, Laird helped guide the program to a 5-3 record during the second half of Big Sky play. That team set the Div. I-era record for highest field goal percentage (.451), and swept a Big Sky road trip for the first time since 2006. In addition, freshman point guard Dylan Garrity was named the Big Sky’s Freshman of the Year after finishing seventh in the nation with an average of 6.9 assists per game.
Prior to Sacramento State, Laird spent two years (2009-11) as an assistant at UC Davis where he worked with the guards and assisted in recruiting, scouting and on-floor coaching. In 2009-10, he helped coach the Aggies to 14 overall wins and eight Big West Conference victories, both high water marks for UC Davis since the program joined the Div. I ranks.
Prior to UC Davis, Laird spent three years as head coach at Menlo College (2006-09). He led the Oaks to 18 victories in 2007-08, which were the most for the program since 1990. That team also won a school-record tying nine games in a row, won the Cal-Pac Conference Tournament and advanced to the NAIA national tournament for the third time in school history. Menlo also finished that season with a school-record 13 conference wins and a No. 29 national ranking.
Prior to becoming head coach, the Sacramento native spent three years as an assistant with Menlo (2003-06) where he helped rebuild a program that went 4-22 his first season to 17-11 in his third year. Also during his tenure as assistant, the Oaks defeated a pair of Div. II programs, and his recruiting efforts landed six high school players and four junior college players prior to the 2004-05 season.
His first collegiate coaching experience took place at UC Davis where Laird served on the staff during the 2002-03 season. He spent the previous year (2001-02) as an assistant at his high school alma mater (El Camino).
A graduate of UC Davis, Laird played four seasons with the Aggies (1997-01). During his four-year tenure, he appeared in 85 games and helped the Aggies to a combined record of 93-24, including a 31-2 mark in 1997-98 when they captured the Division II national title. He was the recipient of the Captain’s Award (voted on by teammates) following the 2000-01 season.
Laird graduated from UC Davis in 2001 with a degree in managerial economics and then added a master’s degree in 2005 from the United States Sports Academy.