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Ron Brown (born November 28, 1956) is the Tight Ends Coach for the University of Nebraskamarker Cornhuskers football team.

Biography

Early life and Education

Ron Brown was born in New York City, NYmarker, and was raised in Massachusettsmarker, where he attended Martha's Vineyard Regional High Schoolmarker in Oak Bluffs, Massachusettsmarker.

Brown received a Sociology Bachelor's degree from Brown Universitymarker in 1979, followed by a Health Administration Master's degree from Columbia University in 1982.

Coaching career

After graduating from Columbia in 1982, Brown began his coaching career as the Defensive Coordinator for the New Jersey Rams, a semi-professional football team of the Mid-America Football League. Brown stayed only for the 1982 season.

Just one year later, Brown returned to his first alma mater, Brown Universitymarker, as the Head Freshman Coach for the Brown Bears football team. The next year, Ron Brown was promoted to Assistant Coach, responsible for the defensive backfield. He also assumed the additional role of Assistant to the Athletic Director during 1986, which was his final season at Brown University.

Ron Brown was subsequently hired by Tom Osborne, Head Coach at the University of Nebraskamarker, as the Wide Receivers Coach and Tight Ends Coach for the 1987 season. Brown then spent the next fifteen years at Nebraska, during the reign of one of the most prolific and successful dynasties in college football history. During that time, the Nebraska Cornhuskers compiled a remarkable 177-37-1 record, won or shared nine conference titles, and won or shared three national titles.

During this time, twenty-seven athletes under Brown's direction at Nebraska were successfully able to move on to the next level and join the National Football League, including 1992 NFL Draft first-round pick Johnny Mitchell, two-time Pro Bowl player Tyrone Hughes, and second-team All-American Sheldon Jackson. Brown also coached two CoSIDA Academic All Americans and thirty-four academic all-conference players.

Nebraska was known for its running and option-based offensive schemes during this time, yet Brown's receivers led the Big XII in touchdown receptions three times between 1987 and 2003.

Despite helping Nebraska with these and other successes, Brown was let go following the 2003 season along with nearly all of the other assistants after the controversial firing of Nebraska Head Coach Frank Solich, who had completed six years as Tom Osborne's hand-picked successor.

While out of coaching, Brown stayed involved in the sport by working for ESPN and Sports Spectrum, covering college and high school football.

When Solich's successor, Bill Callahan, was himself fired after the 2007 season, Brown was invited to come back to his coaching career and rejoin the Cornhuskers by new Head Coach Bo Pelini, who himself was among the assistants let go from Nebraska after 2003. In his first year back, Brown's receivers helped Nebraska finish 12th nationally in total offense.

Personal life

Brown is well-known for his outspoken advocacy on many social issues, and has authored several books. Brown and former Nebraska football player Stan Parker co-founded Mission Nebraska, a Christian radio-based ministry which also oversees various other efforts, and Brown still hosts Truth Vision, a Mission Nebraska weekly cable television show.

During Brown's time out of coaching, he served all four years with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as the Nebraska State Director. Since restarting his coaching career, Brown still serves as a regular columnist for FCA's monthly magazine Sharing The Victory, and also is the host of FCA's national weekly radio show.

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