Purdue has landed its next cornerbacks coach.
Friday evening, Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel reported that the Boilermakers are hiring Greg Brown to fill the vacancy on the staff. He had been with Auburn since 2017, coaching the secondary under Gus Malzahn.
This will be Brown’s second stint at Purdue, with his first coming from 1989-1990. He coached the defensive backs under Fred Akers.
Source: Greg Brown will be the next corners coach at Purdue.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) February 15, 2019
Brown has over 35 years of coaching experience in the college game, making several stops on the college and professional level. He coached in the NFL from 1994-2005, making stops in Atlanta, San Diego Tennessee, San Francisco and New Orleans. After a long run at the professional level, Brown jumped back in the college game at Colorado, serving as the defensive backs coach from 2005-09.
Following six seasons in Boulder, Brown was the co-defensive coordinator at Arizona for one season (2010) and then returned to Colorado in 2011 to be the defensive coordinator until 2012. He then had stops at Alabama (2013), Louisville (2014-15), Missouri (2016) and finally Auburn.
Purdue’s pass defense ranked last in the B1G and 128th nationally out of 130 teams in 2018, surrendering 284.7 yards per game. The Boilers only had 11 interceptions, tied for the second-lowest total in the conference.