Missouri Tigers Hire Greg Brown as Cornerbacks Coach


Barry Odom announced another hire on Monday to continue filling the Missouri Tigers’ 2016 coaching staff.

Missouri Tigers head coach Barry Odom, who was officially hired on December 3, has intentionally been deliberate in assembling his coaching staff as he tries to put together a group of talented coaches who will also have good chemistry and stick together for a long while. His staff for the coming season is quickly coming together, though, and he took the next step in assembling his staff on Monday by announcing the hire of Greg Brown, who will coach cornerbacks.

The 58-year-old Brown has spent most of his career in the southern region of the USA. His first job as a secondary coach came at the University of Wyoming in 1987, and after leaving that job he would serve in the same capacity at Purdue and Colorado, then with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, San Diego Chargers, Tennessee Oilers, San Francisco 49ers, and with the Falcons again. After a four-year stint as a defensive assistant with the New Orleans Saints, Brown returned to the college ranks, spending time at Colorado, Arizona, Alabama, and Louisville, where he most recently served as the safeties coach and recruiting coordinator under Bobby Petrino in 2014 and 2015. He’s spent the bulk of his career in Boulder, having served as both the defensive backs coach and coordinator at Colorado over three separate stints totaling 10 seasons.

In an interesting twist, Brown will share the duty of coaching defensive backs with safeties coach Ryan Walters, who played under Brown at Colorado from 2006 to 2008. Brown later brought Walters on as a graduate assistant while he was the co-defensive coordinator at Arizona in 2010.

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Brown takes over the position from Cornell Ford, who is one of the few coaches being retained from Gary Pinkel’s staff but will move over to the offensive side and coach running backs in 2016 after coaching corners from 2004 to 2015. Brown joins Ford, Walters, receivers coach Andy Hill, offensive coordinator Josh Heupel, defensive coordinator DeMontie Cross, defensive line coach Chris Wilson, and strength coach Rohrk Cutchlow as coaches who are already committed to Odom’s staff for 2016. Odom still needs to hire at least one offensive line coach to fulfill the bare minimum for a staff, and he earlier expressed a desire to add a tight ends coach and special teams coach, two positions that didn’t exist on Pinkel’s staff.