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Coach Malzahn Adds Greg Brown to His Coaching Staff

By on January 7th, 2017 in Football, News 6 Comments »

A new coach has been added to the Auburn Tigers’ football program.  Just weeks after secondary coach Wesley McGriff was hired to be defensive coordinator at Ole Miss, Gus Malzahn announced today that Missouri Tigers’ secondary coach has accepted the job to join Steele’s defensive coaching team. This isn’t the first time coach Brown has teamed up with coach Kevin Steele. Both men were on the 2013 Alabama coaching staff under Nick Saban.

Brown has been in the business for over 35 years, with much of that being on the NFL side, but has made stops in the college realm, coaching at Louisville (2014–15) and Alabama (2013) and he served as defensive coordinator at Colorado (2012)

“I’m extremely excited to come to Auburn and have the opportunity to work for Gus Malzahn and on the defensive side of the ball with Kevin Steele. Auburn has a great football tradition built on hard work and toughness. I can’t wait to get to Auburn to help continue to build upon that success.”

While coaching for the Missouri Tigers, Brown helped coach a defense that tied for the SEC lead in interceptions (15) during the regular season, though it allowed 246.8 passing yards per game to rank 86th nationally.  He will be taking over an Auburn Tigers passing defense that ranked 67th in pass defense (229.2 yards per game) and 22nd in pass efficiency defense (116.83) and tied for fifth in passes defended (80).

Coach Malzahn believes Brown will bring great experience to the table for the young defensive group. “I’m excited to welcome Greg Brown, who is one of the best defensive backs coach in all of football to our staff at Auburn,” coach Malzahn said in a statement. “Greg has coached three Thorpe Award winners and has a strong proven track record of developing players at both the college and professional level.”

As far as recruiting, only time will tell what Coach Brown will be able to do on the road and whom he can bring in. Rudy Ford and Joshua Holsey are gone now and will need to be replaced. Carlton Davis and safeties Tray Matthews and Stephen Roberts will be there to help fill in the gaps as well as many other up and coming young men ready to prove to coach Brown they can be called on to work in his defense.

Welcome to the Auburn family, coach Brown, and War Eagle!


  1. dyingculture dyingculture says:

    This looks like a Steele hire to me. His experience makes it seem like he's a real pro, and he has been a coach of the secondary for his entire career at every level. So, we can say that it's almost certain that he won't be looking for more responsibilities elsewhere. At 59 years old, he's probably ready to settle in somewhere in the twilight of his career.

    This offers stability because both he and Steele are likely to remain in their current positions for as long as Auburn wants them to stay. We might even be able to say the same thing about Garner as well. Since Williams needs to stay put until he gets more experience, it appears that the entire defensive coaching staff is set in stone for the next several years, unless someone gets fired.

  2. AUglenn says:

    Looks like a good hire. He has a strong record at college and NFL and that should also help on recruiting trail.

  3. ausouthal says:

    My only concern is he seems to not hang around anywhere for very long with a year here and two there.

  4. Tiger4Life says:

    Nick Marshall put 456 on him in 2013

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