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Greg Brown
Greg  Brown

Secondary Coach

Alma Mater:
UTEP, 1980


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Greg Brown joined the Alabama coaching staff in January of 2013 after spending two seasons as the defensive coordinator at Colorado. A 15-year NFL coaching veteran, Brown coaches the secondary for the Crimson Tide.

Brown spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons as the defensive coordinator at the University of Colorado, his third-coaching stint with the Buffaloes. He led a young and inexperienced CU defense that showed improvement during his tenure but was plagued with injuries that forced the Buffs to play converted receivers and walk-ons.

As the co-defensive coordinator at the University of Arizona in 2010, Brown helped the Wildcats to the nation's Top 25 for the first time in over a decade. Brown returned to CU in January 2006, named to the staff of Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins following the completion of the 2005 National Football League season. From 2006-09 Brown served as Colorado's secondary coach and the last three as defensive passing-game coordinator.

In his four seasons during his second stint at Colorado, Brown helped tutor Terrence Wheatley, developing him into a first team All-Big 12 performer and a second-round NFL draft pick by the New England Patriots. He also tutored a pair of young cornerbacks in Jimmy Smith and Jalil Brown, with Smith a two-time All-Big 12 performer. In 2005, Brown wrapped up his fourth and final year as a defensive assistant with the NFL's New Orleans Saints under coach Jim Haslett. The Saints 2005 pass defense ranked third in the entire NFL, allowing a paltry 178 yards per game.

Brown rejoined the Atlanta Falcons as secondary coach for the 2000 and 2001 seasons after spending the 1999 campaign as the defensive backs coach for the San Francisco 49ers. A 15-year NFL coaching veteran, developing top notch defensive backs became his specialty as he was often sought after for new coaching staffs around the league, working with six different teams in his professional career.

He spent the 1995-96 seasons as the secondary coach for San Diego, with the Chargers finishing in the top five both years in fewest yards allowed per completion. Brown also coached Rodney Harrison, who eventually would become one of the league's top safeties. He moved on to the Tennessee Oilers, coaching the secondary in both 1997 and 1998. He again coached three of the top defensive backs in the game: cornerback Samari Rolle and safeties Blaine Bishop and All-Pro Marcus Robertson.

In his second stint at Colorado, Brown coached the secondary for three years (1991-93) under coach Hall of Fame coach Bill McCartney, tutoring a pair of Jim Thorpe Award winners during his first days at CU: cornerbacks Deon Figures (the 1992 winner) and Chris Hudson (the 1994 winner). Colorado led the nation in pass completion defense and the Big Eight in pass defense in 1992. Brown joined the CU staff days after the Buffs won their first national championship (January 7, 1991). He returned to the NFL in 1994, joining the Atlanta staff as defensive backs coach. The Falcons finished second that season in the league with 23 interceptions.

Brown began his coaching career in 1981 as a graduate assistant at the University of Texas-El Paso, his alma mater, where he worked with the secondary. The following year, 1982, he came back to the state of Colorado, serving as a defensive coach at Green Mountain High School in Lakewood.

An inital move to the professional ranks came the following spring, with Brown joining the staff of the Denver Gold of the United States Football League (USFL). He coached the secondary for the Gold for two seasons (1983, 1984) before moving on to the National Football League for the first time in the summer of 1984, joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers staff. For the Bucs, he coached three different positions: defensive quality control (1984), offensive quality control (1985) and the U-backs/tight ends (1986).

Brown returned to the college game in 1987, coaching the defensive backs for two seasons at the University of Wyoming before doing the same at Purdue for the 1989 and 1990 campaigns. He then returned home to Colorado for a second time in joining McCartney's staff in 1991.

He graduated from UTEP in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in education (history/physical education). At UTEP, Brown lettered twice at cornerback under Bill Michael, and received the Coca-Cola Hold Helmet Award for his play against San Diego State. He earned his A.A. degree from Glendale (Ariz.) Junior College in 1978.

Brown graduated from Arvada (Colo.) High School, where he lettered in both football and track. His father, Irv Brown, is a long-time Denver radio personality and the former head baseball coach and one-time assistant football coach at the University of Colorado. He is married to the former Stacie Bible, and the couple has two daughters (Hannah and Grace).