Ron Brown named director of player development at Nebraska

Ron Brown named director of player development at Nebraska

Nebraska Head Coach Scott Frost announced Wednesday that Ron Brown has joined the Husker Football staff as Director of Player Development.

Brown brings 24 previous years of coaching experience to Nebraska, serving as an assistant coach from 1987-2003, and again from 2008-2014.

Brown served as associate head coach at Liberty University for the past three seasons, working for Head Coach and former Husker quarterback Turner Gill.

Brown coached for four seasons at his alma mater, Brown University, before his 24 seasons at Nebraska and the past three years at Liberty.

Brown will serve in a non-coaching role at Nebraska, mentoring the team in numerous off-field development areas.

Brown will work closely with Nebraska’s Life Skills program and assist in community outreach efforts of Husker football players and staff.

“Coach Brown had a tremendous impact on me during my playing career at Nebraska, and I am sure he will have a similar impact on many young men in our football program in the years ahead,” Frost said in a written statement. “Coach Brown understands Nebraska and what makes this a great place for student-athletes to grow and learn in all areas.”

In his 31 years of previous experience, Brown coached more than 40 academic all-conference players and nearly 40 players that went on to professional careers.

Brown coached the Nebraska tight ends (2008-10) and running backs (2011-14) during his most recent stint with the Huskers. During that time, he tutored future NFL running backs Rex Burkhead and Ameer Abdullah, who rank second and sixth, respectively, on NU’s all-time rushing list.

During his time as an assistant from 1987-2003, Brown coached the Nebraska wide receivers and tight ends. Brown’s players had a reputation for their tenacity and downfield blocking, helping Nebraska to nine NCAA rushing crowns in 17 seasons.

Brown spent four years from 2004-2007 as the Nebraska State Director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

A native of New York, Brown earned his bachelor’s degree from Brown in 1979, and a master’s degree from Columbia in 1982.