Don Brown
Don Brown

Spencer, Mass.

Defensive Coordinator, Cornerbacks


Alma Mater:
Norwich University '77


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Don Brown, who has served as the head coach at three different schools in New England and had been the defensive coordinator at Maryland from 2009-10, is in his second year as the defensive coordinator at UConn in 2012. He has position responsibility with the cornerbacks.

In 2011, the UConn defense was ranked fourth in the country in rushing defense at 85.67 yards per game. UConn was also 13th in the country in sacks and 19th in tackles for loss. Cornerback Dwayne Gratz was a Second Team All-BIG EAST pick.

Brown, a Spencer, Mass. native, was the head coach at Massachusetts (2004-08), Northeastern (2000-03) and Plymouth State (1993-95). He led UMass to the 2006 NCAA Football Championship Subdivision finals and has a career record of 95-45 as a collegiate head coach.

In his two seasons at Maryland, the defense improved significantly in nearly every statistical category. The Terps ended 2010 ranked No. 38 nationally in scoring defense, No. 39 in total defense, No. 21 in rushing defense, ninth in pass efficiency defense and tied for 18th in turnovers gained.

During his tenure at UMass, the Minutemen maintained one of the top defensive units in the nation. They finished among the top 20 in total defense in three of his five seasons and UMass was also first nationally in scoring defense in 2005.

Brown led UMass to its best five-year span in program history as the Minutemen finished with 43 wins in his tenure, the third-highest total in school history. His winning percentage (.694/43-19) is tops in UMass history. In 2006 and 2007, he led UMass to a 23-5 overall record as the Minutemen earned NCAA FCS postseason berths both years, while winning consecutive conference titles.

Brown led UMass to the 2006 national championship game after capturing the Atlantic 10 title with a perfect 8-0 record. UMass tied the school record for wins in a season with a 13-2 record and set a school-mark for wins in a row with 12.

Brown was recognized nationally and regionally for the team's accomplishments. He was named the 2006 AFCA Region I Coach of the Year, 2006 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year and 2006 New England Football Coach of the Year.

Prior to his head-coaching stint at UMass, Brown led Northeastern for four seasons (2000-03). After taking over a team coming off a 2-9 record, with just two winning seasons in the previous 12 before his arrival, Brown led Northeastern to a 27-20 mark. NU posted winning records each of his last two seasons, going a combined 18-7 during that span. In 2002, Brown led Northeastern to its best season in school history, as the Huskies went 10-3 and made the school's only appearance in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.

Brown was one of the top defensive coaches in the Northeast before his most recent two stints as head coach. He served as UMass' defensive coordinator during the 1998 and 1999 seasons and helped UMass to two of the best seasons in school history, as the 1998 team posted an overall record of 12-3 and won the Division I-AA national championship.

During the 1996 and 1997 seasons, Brown served as the defensive coordinator at Brown University.

Brown also served as a head coach at Plymouth State (1993-95) where he posted a 25-6 mark (.806), leading the Panthers to a pair of Division III playoff appearances.

Prior to his time at Plymouth State he was the defensive coordinator at Dartmouth (1984-86) and Yale (1987-92). Brown began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant at Dartmouth in 1982 after five seasons (1977-1982) at Hartford High School in White River Junction, Vt., He moved on to Mansfield (Pa.) University as an assistant coach in 1983.

He is a 1977 graduate of Norwich University where he starred at running back and is now a member of the NU Hall of Fame. He earned his master's degree from Plymouth State in 1996.

Born, July 31, 1955, Brown and his wife, Deborah have four children (Echo, Zachariah, Rana and Chelsea) and five grandchildren (Lola, Piper, William, Remington and Jacoby).

The Don Brown File

YearSchoolPosition Titles
1982DartmouthAssistant CoachIvy League Co-Champions
1983Mansfield (Pa.)Defensive Coordinator
1984DartmouthDefensive Coordinator
1985DartmouthDefensive Coordinator
1986DartmouthDefensive Coordinator
1987YaleDefensive Coordinator
1988YaleDefensive Coordinator
1989YaleDefensive CoordinatorIvy League Champions
1990YaleDefensive Coordinator
1991YaleDefensive Coordinator
1992YaleDefensive Coordinator
1993Plymouth StateHead CoachECAC Playoffs
1994Plymouth StateHead CoachNCAA Division III Second Round/Freedom Conference Champions
1995Plymouth StateHead CoachNCAA Division III First Round/Freedom Conference Champions
1996BrownDefensive Coordinator
1997BrownDefensive Coordinator
1998MassachusettsDefensive CoordinatorFCS National Champions/Atlantic 10 Champions
1999MassachusettsDefensive CoordinatorFCS Quarterfinals/Atlantic 10 Champions
2000NortheasternHead Coach
2001NortheasternHead Coach
2002NortheasternHead CoachFCS First Round/Atlantic 10 Champions
2003NortheasternHead Coach
2004MassachusettsHead Coach
2005MassachusettsHead Coach
2006MassachusettsHead CoachFCS Championship Game/Atlantic 10 Champions
2007MassachusettsHead CoachFCS Quarterfinals/Colonial Athletic Association Champions
2008MassachusettsHead Coach
2009MarylandDefensive Coordinator/CBs
2010MarylandDefensive Coordinator/CBs Military Bowl Champions