Auburn hires Missouri’s Greg Brown as new secondary coach

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Auburn has hired Greg Brown to become its new secondary coach, the school announced Saturday night.

Brown, 59, replaces Wesley McGriff, who held the position along with his duties as co-defensive coordinator for one season before leaving to become Ole Miss’ defensive coordinator last month.

“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,” Auburn coach Gus 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.”

Brown, who joins the Auburn staff after one season as cornerbacks coach at Missouri, has served as a coaching assistant for 36 years with nearly all of it coming as a secondary coach. In addition to Missouri, Brown most recently had coaching stops at Alabama (2013) and Louisville (2014-15).

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Of his years as coach, 15 have also come at the NFL level with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1984-86), Atlanta Falcons (1994, 2000-01), San Diego Chargers (1995-96), Tennessee Oilers (1997-98), San Francisco 49ers (1999) and New Orleans Saints (2002-05).

“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,” Brown said in a statement. “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.”

At Auburn this past season, the Tigers finished ninth in passing defense (229.2 yards per game)

Brown’s former winners of the Thorpe Award, which is presented annually to the top defensive back in college football, are Deon Figures (Colorado, 1992), Chris Hudson (Colorado, 1994) and Gerod Holliman (Louisville, 2014). He is the only coach to have ever coached three players that have won the award.

In 2014, Holliman tied an NCAA record with 14 interceptions.

Brown graduated from UTEP in 1980 where he lettered twice at cornerback.

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