Adam Breneman – American Football Coach and Tight End
Adam Breneman is both an American Football coach and player, currently playing as a tight end and serving as an assistant coach under Herm Edwards at Arizona State Sun Devils.
As a graduate transfer from UMass, he finished his college career with All-American honors and moved into media strategy consulting before taking over tight ends for Sun Devils.
Early Life and Education
Breneman made an immediate impact at Penn State as a five-star tight end recruit from Cedar Cliff High School. He gained much media coverage due to his passionate advocacy on behalf of Penn State Football during its challenging year following the Jerry Sandusky scandal; many consider him an integral factor in helping sustain its program during this trying time.
Adam graduated from Penn State within three years, before enrolling at UMass to earn his MBA degree. Since then, he has created the “Next Up with Adam Breneman” podcast where he interviews college football players and athletes from around the country about their careers and how they have overcome adversity in life.
Breneman also actively gives back, serving on multiple charitable boards and raising funds for ALS research and Sudden Cardiac Arrest awareness campaigns.
Breneman graduated from Cedar Cliff as a five-star prospect and the top tight end in his class, signing with Penn State and Bill O’Brien before knee injuries caused his playing career to end early.
His transfer to University of Massachusetts saw him flourish, winning several accolades such as John Mackey Award, New England Player of the Year and Campus Insiders All-American honors. Following his junior season he considered declaring for NFL Draft, but decided instead to stay in school.
Breneman soon joined Arizona State’s coaching staff as a graduate assistant before being elevated to tight ends coach the following season. He assisted former Penn State player Mike Gesicki in becoming a first-round draft selection. Furthermore, Breneman remains active in philanthropy through Catch The Cure which raises money for ALS research.
Achievement and Honors
Breneman made known his decision to end his playing career shortly before taking off for TaxSlayer Bowl 2016, by writing a letter for Penn State fans aboard their plane after traveling back from Miami. At just two years of football and several games played, it was time to move forward.
Breneman established Catch the Cure, a non-profit fundraising campaign which raised $250,000 to fight Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS). Additionally, he served on the Alexandria Archaeological Commission’s board of directors.
After retiring from football, Breneman began a new chapter as a media consultant and college football commentator in Pennsylvania. By 2020 he had joined Herm Edwards’ coaching staff at Arizona State University as tight ends coach under Herm Edwards’ tutelage – becoming one of their Top 30 Coaches according to 247Sports.
Breneman returned to college football, playing two years at UMass where he emerged as one of the nation’s premier tight ends. Hailing from Mechanicsburg, PA he earned two-time John Mackey Award semifinalist consideration as well as second team All-American honors from USA Today, Athlon Sports, and Pro Football Focus – among many others.
Following his football career, Breneman joined Herm Edwards’ coaching staff at Arizona State in 2020 as an offensive assistant before being promoted to tight ends coach the following season and considered an emerging star within coaching circles.
Breneman made his London debut playing Theo in Steve Martin’s The Underpants at Old Red Lion Theatre; also appearing in Tariq Ali’s New Labour satire Ugly Rumours as well as C4 sitcom festival performances of Ugly Rumours; playing Lloyd Drewitt for two series of David Renwick’s One Foot in the Grave as well as in BBC drama Doctors and Love Soup as regular roles.
Breneman is an esteemed college football analyst, color commentator, sideline reporter and podcast host with an expansive social media following on platforms like TikTok.
After graduating Cedar Cliff High School in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania as a five-star recruit, he spent his initial three seasons at Penn State and earned semi-finalist and 2nd team All-American status by USA Today, Athlon Sports, and Pro Football Focus.
After his football career was complete, Breneman went to work for a Harrisburg-based consulting firm before being hired as campaign manager by Republican John Joyce to run for Congress from Pennsylvania’s 13th district. Additionally, in 2020 Breneman joined Herm Edwards at Arizona State University as both graduate assistant and tight ends coach.