Meet new Colorado secondary coach ShaDon Brown


It’s official … ShaDon Brown hired by CU

Related … “CU hires Brown to lead secondary” … from the Daily Camera 

Press release from … University of Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre announced Monday the hiring of ShaDon Brown as an assistant on his staff in charge of coaching the Buffalo secondary.

Brown, 37, comes to CU after spending the 2016 season coaching the cornerbacks at Army and the five seasons before that at Wofford College.

“ShaDon is an excellent secondary coach who brings knowledge of the 3-4 defense that they ran at Army and is a perfect fit for what we’ve been doing here at Colorado,” MacIntyre said.  “I’m excited about ShaDon working with our secondary and helping us continuing to have one of the top pass defenses in the country.”

Army’s secondary was one of the top units in the nation last season with Brown coaching its corners. The Black Knights ranked sixth in the nation in passing defense at 170.2 yards per game, was 11th in interceptions with 17 and ranked 17th with a pass efficiency defense of 115.12.

“I’m excited to be there, happy to be on staff that has a head coach who is well respected around the country like Coach MacIntyre,” Brown said. “I feel like this is a program very similar to where I came from, it’s on the rise, and I’m excited to work with the guys here, high character guys that love playing the game of football.

“I’m excited about coming on staff with D.J. Eliot, who I’ve heard nothing but good things about as a person and as a football coach and I’m excited to get going and win a Pac-12 Championship.”

Overall, Army, who like the Buffs also ran a 3-4 defensive scheme, ranked fourth in the nation in total defense by allowing just 291.5 yards per game during an 8-5 season that saw the Black Knights win the 2016 Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl 38-31 in overtime over North Texas. That was Army’s first bowl appearance and winning season since 2010.

Brown had a large impact on Army’s turnaround from going 2-10 the year before his arrival to winning a bowl game last December. Army went from being ranked 47th in the nation in total defense to fourth and from 48th in passing defense to sixth with Brown added to its coaching staff. On top of that all, the success Army’s secondary found came with Brown working with true freshman for most of the season. He lost his top four cornerbacks either before or early in the season and had true freshman starting at cornerback for most of the year – Elijah Riley started the final nine games of the season and Jaylon McClinton the last five.

In his five seasons (2011-15) at Wofford College, he spent the first four of those as cornerbacks coach before moving on to safeties in 2015. Brown was also the special teams coordinator during the 2013 and 2014 seasons and was promoted to recruiting coordinator in the spring of 2015. Additionally, he spent the summer of 2015 working in the NFL as a defensive backs intern with the Super Bowl 50 runner-up Carolina Panthers.

Brown coached three all-conference corners at Wofford, including Blake Wylie who in 2012 was named a third-team All-American by College Sports Madness.

Before Wofford, Brown was a coach in the high school ranks in the state of Kentucky. From 2008-10 he was head coach at Rowan County (Ky.) High School where he led the Vikings to the 2010 Class 4A District 8 Championship, its first since 1982. He was named the Kentucky Class 4A District 8 Coach of the Year in 2010 and 10 of his players at Rowan County went on to play college football.

As a player himself, Brown started at linebacker for Campbellsville University, a NAIA school in Kentucky that in 2001 won a school-record 10 games and finished the season ranked No. 10 with Brown starting at linebacker. He was a team captain his senior season in 2002.

After graduating in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, he became a graduate assistant coaching linebackers at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky. in 2003. He was promoted to a full-time assistant coach for the inside linebackers for the 2004 and 2005 seasons, helping lead the Patriot football team to a ranking as high as No. 5 in the nation.

In 2006 he returned to his alma mater (Campbellsville) as the inside linebackers coach before moving to the high school ranks in 2007 where he was an assistant coach at Boyle County High School for one season.

A native of Danville, Ky., he and his wife, Rhonda, have a daughter, Shaelyn, and two sons, Braylon and Keenan.


January 28th

ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg is reportingColorado has hired Army cornerbacks coach ShaDon Brown as its new defensive backs coach. The Buffaloes announced Friday that safeties coach Joe Tumpkin had resigned.

Related … “Source: CU Buffs hire ShaDon Brown as cornerbacks coach” … from the Daily Camera

From YouTube … A day at practice with ShaDon Brown


“Talking cornerbacks with ShaDon Brown” 

From (from this past April) … Mike Reynolds has a mild-mannered, quiet demeanor.

Maybe, too quiet for new cornerbacks coach ShaDon Brown.

Brown put a rule in place for Reynolds to be more animated during practice.

If Reynolds doesn’t show some form of excitement when he makes a play, all Army cornerbacks have up-downs after practice.

“I got to get him (Reynolds) with a little more juice and hopefully that rubs off on everybody,” Brown said after Thursday’s practice.

Brown’s first order of business this spring has been building depth among Army’s cornerbacks.

Army’s top two projected cornerbacks are solid. Freshman Brandon Jackson started nine games in 2015, making 62 tackles, intercepting a team-high three passes and adding two sacks. Junior Josh Jenkins is a two-year starter (2013-14) is being held out of contact drills after missing 2015 with a head injury.

“I want to improve the room where we have not just one or two corners but we have six corners that can go play because football is a game of chances and opportunities,” Brown said. “If somebody gets hurt, somebody else gets a chance and they have an opportunity to be successful and I’m trying to prepare every one of those guys for that.

“I don’t want us to say, ‘Well, we had this guy hurt so we didn’t make this play or that play.’ I want all of them to play at a high level. I’m coaching them hard. I don’t think they’ve been coached as hard as the way that I’m coaching them as a corners coach. But that’s the only way I know how. I’m getting after their tail and trying to get the best out of them.”

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Army bio of ShaDon Brown (note: does not include the 2016 season)

ShaDon Brown enters his first season with the Black Knights as the cornerbacks coach.

Brown comes to West Point after five seasons as an assistant at Wofford College. For the first four seasons he was the cornerbacks coach before moving to safeties in 2015. Brown spent the summer of 2015 working in the National Football League as a defensive backs intern with the Super Bowl 50 runner-up Carolina Panthers.

Each season at Wofford, Brown had a cornerback finish in the top five in the Southern Conference in interceptions and he coached three All-Conference cornerbacks from 2011-15. The Terriers were 15th nationally in pass defense among FCS teams in 2011 and 17th in 2012. Wofford led the Southern Conference in total defense twice (2011,2012) during his five years in Spartanburg, S.C.

In 2015 under Brown, Brion Anderson had three interceptions to lead the Terriers and tied for third in the Southern Conference. During the 2013 season, second-year freshman cornerback Chris Armfield led the team in interceptions with three, which tied for the most in the Southern Conference.

In 2012, Brown mentored College Sports Madness Third Team All-American cornerback Blake Wylie. He earned Second Team All-Southern Conference honors as he led the team and was fourth in the league with three interceptions.

Wofford was a two-time Football Championship Subdivision Playoff Quarterfinalist with Brown as an assistant in 2011 and 2012.

He also spent two seasons as the special teams coordinator from 2013 to 2014.  During that span Brown mentored Kasey Redfern punter for the San Diego Chargers.  Brown was promoted to recruiting coordinator in the spring of 2015.

Prior to Wofford, Brown spent three seasons as head coach at Rowan County High School in Kentucky. In 2010, the team posted a 10-2 record and won the Class 4A District 8 Championship for the first time since 1982 and reached the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. He was named the Kentucky Class 4A District 8 Coach of the Year in 2010 as well.

He led the Vikings to a 4-7 record in his first season and improved to 7-4 in 2009. Overall, Rowan County transformed from 18 wins in nine years to 21 in three years under Brown. He mentored 10 former players that went on to play college football.

In 2001, Brown started at linebacker for the winningest football team in Campbellsville University history. The team won 10 games and finished the season ranked #10 in the NAIA.  After graduation, Brown became a graduate assistant outside linebackers coach at the University of the Cumberlands in 2003.

He was promoted to a full-time assistant for the 2004 and 2005 seasons, coaching the inside linebackers. While coaching for three years at the University of the Cumberlands, Brown was part of 24 wins and nationally ranked teams, defense, and rush offense in two of the three seasons.  In 2005, the Patriot football team climbed to as high as #5 in the nation. In 2006, he returned to his alma mater Campbellsville University as the inside linebackers coach. In 2007 Brown coached at Boyle County High School in Danville, Kentucky.

Brown is a 1998 graduate of Danville High School in Danville, Kentucky where he was part of the 1994 Class 2-A State Championship team. Brown has a B.S. in Physical Education from Campbellsville University in Kentucky, where he was voted team captain in his senior season in 2002. Brown received his M.S. from the University of the Cumberlands in 2008.

His family includes wife Rhonda, daughter Shaelyn and sons Braylon and Keenan.

Year at Army West Point: 1st
Career Year: 13th
Hometown: Danville, Ky.
Family: wife, Rhonda; daughter Shaelyn; sons Brayloin and Keenan.

B.S., Campbellsville University
M.S., University of the Cumberlands

2016-pres.: Army West Point (defensive backs)
2011-15: Wofford (defensive backs/special teams coordinator (13-14))
2008-10: Rowan County High School (head coach)
2007: Boyle County High School (assistant coach)
2006: Campbellsville (Linebackers)
2004-05: University of the Cumberlands (inside linebackers)
2003: Campbellsville (graduate assistant/outside linebackers)

• Mentored cornerback Blake Wylie at Wofford to Second Team All-Southern Conference
• Wofford was a two-time FCS Championship Quarterfinalist during Brown’s coaching stint
• Tutored punter Kasey Redfern, who signed with the San Diego Chargers
• Named Kentucky Class 4A District 8 Coach of the Year after leading Rowan County to the District title and a 10-2 record
• Turned around the Vikings program and mentored 10 former players that went onto play college football
• Helped the University of the Cumberlands to a No. 5 national ranking in 2005 and won 24 games in three seasons
• Started at linebacker for Campbellsville and in 2001 the Tigers  finished with 10 wins and a No. 10 national ranking




5 Replies to “Meet ShaDon Brown”

    1. I agreed, new coach sounds good. I am a bit disturbed as to why we aren’t seeing a PK on the recruiting charts…

  1. Seems like a good young coach, I hope he can recruit. It would be really good to get someone with ties in southern Cal for the next hire.

  2. I like this hire. Sounds like another high energy, knowledgeable dude who could stick around for a few years. And, sounds like he has some recruiting credentials and contacts in sec country too.

    Go Buffs!

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