Twitter: @davidbrown2nd | David Brown II bio
David Brown enters his first season at Wyoming as the secondary and safeties coach in 2014 after coaching the Fresno State safeties in 2013. Brown has three years experience as a head coach at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo., which is an NCAA Division II program. He was the head coach at Missouri S&T from 2010-12.
Prior to that, Brown coached the cornerbacks at Ohio University for four seasons from 2006-09 under Bobcat head coach Frank Solich. During his time at Ohio, he coached with current Wyoming defensive coordinator Steve Stanard, who was the Bobcats' defensive line coach in 2008.
In 2013, Brown helped guide Fresno State to the Mountain West Conference Championship. The Bulldogs posted an 11-2 overall record and a 7-1 conference mark. The Bulldogs won the inaugural Mountain West Football Championship Game, by a score of 24-17 over Utah State, and earned a berth in the 2013 Las Vegas Bowl where they faced USC.
Fresno State finished the season ranked: 20th in the Final 2013 Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Standings; 20th in the Harris Interactive Poll; and 27th in both the final USA Today Coaches Poll and Associated Press Poll.
At Fresno State, Brown coached First Team All-Mountain West safety Derron Smith. Smith was named to two national defensive award watch lists in 2013 -- the Bednarik Award Watch List (top defensive player of the year) and the Jim Thorpe Award Watch List (top defensive back). Smith was also a quarterfinalist for the Lott Impact Trophy Award, which takes into account a student-athlete's leadership ability, performance on the field, academic record and community service activities.
For three seasons from 2010-12, Brown was the head coach and defensive coordinator at Missouri S&T. His final season at Missouri S&T, Brown led the Miners to a 10-1 record and a No. 24 national ranking. His team's 10 wins tied for the most in school history. The Miners' No. 24 national ranking marked the first time since 1980 that they had ended a season in the national rankings. He took over a program that had a record of 4-7 the year prior to him becoming head coach. In Brown's three years at Missouri S&T, the Miners went from 3-8 in 2010, to 6-5 in 2011 to 10-1 in 2012. Brown was named the Great Lakes Football Conference Co-Coach of the Year in 2011. He concluded his three seasons as head coach with a 19-14 overall record. His 2012 Miners led the nation in turnover margin and recorded a school record 45 sacks, while ranking 12th nationally in pass efficiency defense and allowed just 18.6 points per game.
At Ohio, Brown helped lead the Bobcats to two Mid-American Conference division titles and two bowl appearances following the 2006 and 2009 seasons. His 2009 secondary ranked No. 18 in the FBS in pass defense efficiency. The Bobcats led the nation that year with 37 turnovers gained, ranked No. 7 in the country in interceptions (20) and ranked No. 28 in the NCAA in scoring defense, allowing only 21.3 points per game.
From 2001-05, he coached at his alma mater, Cal Poly. His last two seasons at Cal Poly, he served as defensive coordinator. In 2004 and 2005, Cal Poly won the Great West Football Conference Championship, and in 2005 the Mustangs earned their first berth and first victory in the NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs, now the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). Both of his seasons as Cal Poly's defensive coordinator, his defense featured the Buck Buchanan Award Winner, which is presented to the outstanding defensive player in the nation at the FCS level. Mustang linebacker Jordan Beck won the award in 2004, and defensive end Chris Gocong captured the award in 2005.
Brown's Cal Poly defenses in 2004 and 2005 ranked among the nation's best as both teams led the nation in quarterback sacks, including a school record 67 sacks in 2005. His 2004 defense led the nation in rushing defense, allowing on average only 84.3 yards per game. His defenses also ranked among the Top 10 nationally in scoring defense, turnovers gained and interceptions.
He began his coaching career as the secondary coach at Allan Hancock Community College in Santa Maria, Calif., in 1996. The next season (1997), he coached defensive backs at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif., an NCAA Division III program. In 1998, he served as the defensive coordinator for the Cologne Crocodiles in Cologne, Germany. Brown was the defensive coordinator at Venice High School in Los Angeles, Calif. in 1999. His first NCAA Division I college coaching position came in 2000 as the running backs coach at Idaho State.
In addition to his college coaching experience, Brown completed internships with the Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL.
A native of Los Angeles, Brown played defensive back at Cal Poly from 1993-95 after playing at Santa Monica College in 1991. He began his college playing career at Howard University in 1990. Brown completed his bachelor's degree in physical education from Cal Poly in 1996 and achieved a master's of education degree with an emphasis in cross-cultural teaching from the National University in San Diego in 2000.
He and his wife, Elisabeth, have three sons, David III, Isaac and Joshua.