Don Brown named UM defensive coordinator

Posted at 12:24 PM, Dec 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-21 12:24:50-05

University of Michigan Football Head Coach Jim Harbaugh announced on Monday he has hired Don Brown as the team's new defensive coordinator.

Brown spent the past three seasons coaching the defense at Boston College, where they lead the nation in eight different categories last season. Those include total defense, rushing defense, scoring defense, red zone defense and tackles-for-loss.

He was also named the 2015 AFCA Assistant Coach of the year and was nomainated for the Broyles Award for the nation's top assistant in college football the past three seasons.

According to Harbaugh, the search for the new coordinator included talking with his father Jack, brother John, as well as Bill Belichick Bob Sutton and Vic Fangio.

"Everything he has touched has turned to gold. Just look at his track record as a head coach, defensive coordinator and even as a baseball coach," Harbaugh said in a release. "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." 

Brown was hired after D.J. Durkin, the Wolverines' defensive coordinator in 2015, took a head coaching job at Maryland.

In all, Brown has spent 34 years as a coach, including 21 years as a defensive coordinator and 12 seasons as a head coach.

He will start his job after the Wolverines play the Florida Gators in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1.