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Alabama has hired Greg Brown as Secondary Coach

The University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban announced the hiring of Greg Brown as Alabama’s secondary coach. Brown takes over the secondary as Jeremy Pruitt heads off the Florida State to be the defensive coordinator.  Brown has significant experience on the defensive side of the ball spanning the last 30 years with 15 years as an assistant coach in the NFL and the last three seasons in the college ranks at Colorado and Arizona.

“I’m extremely happy to add a coach the caliber of Greg Brown to our staff,” said head coach Nick Saban. “Greg has a tremendous amount of college and NFL experience, and his knowledge in the secondary really made him the perfect fit for this position. He will be an outstanding addition to our coaching staff and we look forward to Greg and his family joining our staff at the University of Alabama.”

Brown served as the defensive coordinator at the University of Colorado over the last two seasons, his third stint with the Buffaloes. He spent the 2010 season as the co-defensive coordinator at the University of Arizona, helping the Wildcats return to the Top 25 for the first time in over a decade. From 2006-09, Brown was the secondary coach at Colorado and worked as the defensive passing game coordinator during the last three of those seasons.

Most recently, Brown spent four seasons (2002-05) with the New Orleans Saints as a defensive assistant under Jim Haslett. In his final year with the Saints, the team ranked third in the NFL in passing defense, allowing just 178 yards per game. Prior to New Orleans, he was the defensive backs coach for the Atlanta Falcons (2000-01) and the San Francisco 49ers (1999).

“It is an honor and an unbelievable opportunity to join the staff at the University of Alabama,” said Brown. “I’ve known and respected Coach Saban for many years and he is the best in the country at what he does. It is the dream of any defensive coach to learn from Coach Saban, especially at a place with Alabama’s great tradition and history. I look forward to doing my part to help continue the success with the top college football program in the nation.”

With Brown’s career moving within the pro and college ranks he has coached some of the  the top defensive backs in the NFL,  Jim Thorpe Award winners in the college arena and top ranked defenses.

Brown played collegiately at UTEP, lettering twice at cornerback and earning his degree in education in 1980. The Denver native is married to the former Stacie Bible. The couple has two daughters, Hannah and Grace.

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