Don Brown Resigns As UMass Head Football Coach; Off To Maryland
Jan. 9, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts Athletic Director John McCutcheon announced on Friday morning that Don Brown is resigning his position as the head football coach at UMass. Brown will be taking a job as the defensive coordinator at the University of Maryland. A national search for Brown's successor is immediately underway. Brown went 43-19 in his five seasons leading the Minutemen to two NCAA Tournaments including the 2006 NCAA title game.
"We want to thank Don Brown for his contributions to the University of Massachusetts and the athletic department as the head coach of the Minutemen," said McCutcheon. "He has prepared us for great success in the future. We wish him good luck in his new endeavors. A national search for his successor is already underway."
Brown led UMass to its best five-year span in program history as the Minutemen finished with 43 wins in his tenure. In 2006 and 2007, he led UMass to a 23-5 overall record including a 14-0 mark at home as the Minutemen earned NCAA Tournament berths in both seasons winning consecutive conference titles. Brown led UMass is five NCAA Tournament wins as head coach. He was also the defensive coordinator in Amherst in 1998 and 1999 as UMass captured the '98 NCAA FCS Championship.
"I am extremely proud of my time at UMass," said Brown. "During the five-year period we experienced tremendous success as a football family. I am proud of the fact that our senior class was the winningest in the history of UMass football.
"I want to thank Chancellor Robert Holub and Athletic Director John McCutcheon for their outstanding leadership for the football program and the entire athletic department. I am proud of the fact that I have been a part of every NCAA playoff victory at UMass since 1998. I will always hold a special place in my heart for the University of Massachusetts."
In 2006 Brown earned numerous honors as the AFCA Region I, Atlantic 10, New England Football Writers and Great Boston Area Coach of the Year.
Prior to coaching UMass, Brown spent four years as the head coach at Northeastern from 2000-03, leading the Huskies to the 2002 NCAA Tournament. He has also served as the head coach at Plymouth State from 1993-95.