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Last updated on July 23, 2013
David Brown was hired as Fresno State's secondary coach on Feb. 22, 2013.
Brown comes to the Valley after spending the last three seasons as head coach at Missouri S&T in Rolla, Mo. Brown led S&T to a 19-14 record, which included a 10-1 record in 2012 and a No. 24 national ranking to end the season. The 10 wins posted by the Miners in 2012 tied for the most in school history and it was the first time since 1980 S&T finished a season nationally ranked.
Prior to taking over the S&T program in 2010, Brown spent four seasons as a defensive backs coach at Ohio University where he coached with current Bulldog special teams coordinator and defensive line coach Pete Germano. Both Brown and Germano were assistant coaches under Frank Solich.
Brown's background is rooted in the secondary, both from his playing days and as a coach.
At Missouri S&T, the Miners led the nation in turnover margin while finishing with a school record 45 sacks. His 2012 defensive unit also ranked 12th nationally in pass efficiency defense and allowed just 18.6 points per game.
In 2011, Brown was named the Great Lakes Football Conference's Co-Coach of the Year after improving S&T's record from 3-8 in 2010 to 6-5 in 2011.
At Ohio, Brown led the Bobcats to two Mid-America Conference division titles and two bowl appearances. His 2009 secondary ranked among the top 20 in the FBS in pass efficiency defense and the Bobcats led the nation that year with 38 turnovers gained.
Brown has also held internships with the Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL and was an assistant coach at Cal Poly from 2001-05, the last two years of which he served as defensive coordinator.
During Brown's tenure as defensive coordinator the Mustangs won the Great West title in each of those seasons. In 2005 Cal Poly earned it its first berth- and victory- in NCAA Division I-AA (now Division I Football Championship Series) championship play.
The Mustangs also had the recipient of the Buck Buchanan Award for the top defensive player in Division I-AA each of the two seasons Brown was in charge of the defense.
Brown's defense ranked as one of the top units as both teams led the nation in quarterback sacks, setting the school record in 2005 with 67, and the 2004 squad led the nation in rushing defense allowing on average only 84.3 yards per game. The Mustangs also ranked among the top ten nationally in scoring defense, turnovers gained and interceptions.
Brown's coaching career also includes time as the defensive coordinator at Venice High School in Los Angeles, Calif., the defensive coordinator for the Cologne Crocodiles in Cologne, Germany, the defensive backs coach at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif., and the defensive backs coach at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, Calif..
A native of Los Angeles, Calif., Brown played defensive back at Cal Poly. He holds a bachelor's degree in physical education from Cal Poly in 1996 and a master's of education degree in cross-cultural teaching from the National University in San Diego in 2000.
He and his wife, Elisabeth, have three sons, David III (6), Isaac (4) and Joshua (2).