By RICKY LINDSAY, Editor-in-Chief
Jim Harbaugh wanted his man, and he got him.
Michigan’s head coach announced the hiring of Don Brown as the team’s defensive coordinator Monday. Brown held the same position with Boston College the past three seasons.
“Everything he has touched has turned to gold,” Harbaugh said of Brown in a release. “Just look at his track record as a head coach, defensive coordinator and even as a baseball coach.”
Brown will replace D.J. Durkin, who left Michigan to become Maryland’s head coach Dec. 2. According to the release, Brown will join the program at the end of bowl season.
Brown posted a 95-45 record, five conference titles and six playoff appearances in 12 seasons as a head coach. He was the interim head coach of Yale’s baseball team 23 years ago, coaching the team to a 26-10 record.
But Brown’s expertise is at defensive coordinator, where he’s spent 21 seasons.
This year, he was named the American Football Coaches Association’s Assistant Coach of the Year. He’s been nominated for the Broyles Award the past three seasons. The award honors college football’s top assistant.
Brown’s Boston College defense this season was the best in the nation; the Eagles were No. 1 in total defense, rushing defense, scoring defense, red zone defense, first down defense, third down defense, fourth down defense and tackles for loss, and were second in pass defense and pass efficiency defense.
Harbaugh called Brown his “top candidate and number one choice.”
“After a very thorough search and talking with those I respect the most in this game, including Jack Harbaugh, John Harbaugh, Bill Belichick, Bob Sutton, Vic Fangio and others, it led me to Don Brown,” Harbaugh said
“We are beyond excited to welcome this high character, high achieving individual to our program and university. Teaching and player development are synonymous with coaching and Don Brown epitomizes those qualities.”