Matt Mitchell Discusses GVSU's Progress in the Offseason
Bill Brechin is in his first year as an assistant coach with the Lakers, but he is by no means a stranger to Grand Valley State or the football program. Bill is a former standout on the gridiron for GVSU where he played a key role in GVSU's National Championship campaigns in 2005 and 2006, followed by two-year stint as a graduate assistant.
"We are excited to have Bill Brechin back at Grand Valley State," said Mitchell. "Bill knows our championship culture well as a former student-athlete and coach on multiple championship teams. His coaching experiences both at Grand Valley State and the University of Notre Dame will help the players he works with achieve at a championship level."
Brechin most recently finished his third season working with the Notre Dame football coaching staff. From 2010-11, Brechin was an intern for the offensive staff and his primary duties involved assisting the offensive coaches in a variety of areas. He was responsible for film breakdowns, scouting reports, playbooks and other duties as assigned by head coach Brian Kelly or the offensive coaching staff. In 2012, Brechin worked with the wide receivers and slot receivers, assisting both outside wide receivers coach Mike Denbrock and running backs/slot receivers coach Tony Alford. Brechin joined the Irish following a two-year stint as graduate assistant at Grand Valley State where he worked with the Lakers' safeties. In 2009, Grand Valley State advanced to the NCAA Division II national championship game.
"I am excited to get back to Grand Valley State," said Brechin. "The University and the football program have dedicated themselves to developing student-athletes on and off the playing field. I have many great memories that will not be forgotten and look forward to creating similar memories for current and future players," added Brechin.
Brechin was an All-GLIAC performer at Grand Valley State from 2005-07 as a defensive back. He played for current Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chuck Martin when he was head coach at Grand Valley State (2004-09). In his career with the Lakers, Brechin tallied 82 tackles, 24 pass deflections and eight interceptions. A three-year starter for the Lakers, Brechin led GVSU to back-to-back NCAA DII National Championships in 2005 and 2006 and helped the Lakers post a 40-1 record during his playing career. Brechin was the defensive player of the game in the 2006 title game as he picked off two passes and recovered a fumble in the17-14 victory.
Brechin is a native of Addison, Ill. He and his wife Jessica have a son, John (2) and infant daughter, Addyson.