Getting to know Cats’ new recruiting guru

With National Signing Day just a few days away, get to know Dan Breszowitz, Kentucky’s recruiting coordinator.  

“He does a tremendous job in-house of getting all that film and getting it evaluated, getting it to the proper channels and organizing the recruiting weekends,” new Coach Mark Stoops told the Herald-Leader in a recent interview. The two have known each other since their days at Arizona.

For instance, it was Breszowitz who organized and put together the mid-January weekend in which UK had 16 recruits on campus, including their well-documented visit to Rupp Arena.

“We had 16 guys on campus and handling the logistics of all of it is a big job,” Stoops said. “He’s done a tremendous job and I have a lot of faith in Dan.”

Berezowitz played at Wisconsin-Whitewater for his father Coach Bob Berezowitz. He also worked for Mack Brown at both North Carolina and Texas.

When Breszowitz left Arizona, he landed in Minnesota in 2007, where he helped the Gophers bring in the 14th best recruiting class in the country in 2008, according to one service.

While at Minnesota, Breszowitz was suspended for two weeks after a self-reported secondary violation involving Seantrel Henderson, a star offensive tackle the school was recruiting. (Henderson ultimately chose USC.)

The violation, first reported by ESPN in May of 2010, involved Henderson watching a “personalized video and Power Point presentation on an unofficial visit” and that the lineman also was shown cardboard cutouts of grade school children wearing Minnesota jerseys on the visit.

Both Berezowitz and then-head coach Tim Brewster were issued letters of admonishment as well. Berezowitz was recruiting coordinator for four seasons at Minnesota.

After that Gophers’ staff was fired in 2010 amid a 1-6 season, there were several published reports that Berezowitz had been hired as recruiting coordinator at Oklahoma by Stoops’ brother, but Sooners spokesman Pete Moris said via email that wasn’t the case.

“There were various media reports that he was going to be hired here, but to my knowledge it never came to fruition,” Moris said.

Kentucky hasn’t announced the hiring or released any biographical information of Berezowitz or any other support staff. That info usually comes out as a part of the fall media guide.

Since leaving Minnesota, reports have shown Berezowitz working as a recruiting analyst or consultant for various outlets until he was hired at UK on Dec. 14, making $135,000, according to the school’s salary database.

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at
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