Chris Brown (American football coach)

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Chris Brown
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Fort Hays State
Conference MIAA
Record 50–30
Annual salary $105,149[1]
Biographical details
Born (1974-07-03) July 3, 1974 (age 44)[2]
Liberal, Kansas
Playing career
1992–1995 Pittsburg State
Position(s) Safety
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1999–2001 Liberal HS (KS) (assistant)
2001–2010 Washburn (assistant)
2011–present Fort Hays State
Head coaching record
Overall 50–30
Bowls 1–1

Christopher J. Brown (born July 3, 1974) is an American football coach and former player. He played for Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, from 1992 to 1995. He became the head coach at Fort Hays State in 2011.

Playing career[edit]

Brown is a 1996 graduate of Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. As a player for the Gorillas, he recorded 470 tackles in 43 starts during his career at free safety. Brown is one of only three Gorillas to earn All-American honors three times.[3]

As a player, Brown was a unanimous All-American First Team selection his senior year, was named the CNN NCAA Division II National Player of the Year in 1995, and was named to the NCAA Quarter Century Team for all players from 1975 to 1999 at free safety. Brown recorded a record 21 tackles in the NCAA Division II National Championship as a freshman against Jacksonville State and was inducted into the Pittsburg State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

High school and college assistant coaching[edit]

After completion of his playing time at Pittsburg State, Brown returned to his hometown Liberal, Kansas[5] to be an assistant coach at Liberal High School from 1999 until the end of the 2001 season. He then became an assistant coach at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas under head coach Craig Schurig from 2002 until completion of the 2010 season.[3]

Fort Hays State[edit]

Brown was named the head coach for the Fort Hays Tigers located in Hays, Kansas beginning with the 2011 season.[3] His team went 4–7 in the first season. The first game of the season was a 27–17 victory over cross-state rival Emporia State.[6] In 2017, Brown broke a school record by leading the team to an undefeated regular season, the first in 100 years.[7]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Coach Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Fort Hays State Tigers (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (2011–present)
2011 Fort Hays State 4–7 3–6 T–6th
2012 Fort Hays State 5–6 4–6 T–9th
2013 Fort Hays State 6–5 4–5 8th
2014 Fort Hays State 7–4 7–4 T–4th
2015 Fort Hays State 8–4 8–3 T–3rd L Mineral Water Bowl
2016 Fort Hays State 8–4 7–4 T–4th W Heart of Texas Bowl
2017 Fort Hays State 11–1 11–0 1st L NCAA Division II Playoffs
Fort Hays State: 50–30 45–27
Total: 50–30
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ "Kansas Government Employee Payroll List". Retrieved April 25, 2018. 
  2. ^ "2015 Fort Hays State Tigers Football Media Guide" (PDF). September 2, 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Nicholl, Connor (December 11, 2010). "Football: Fort Hays State introduces Brown". Salina Journal. Archived from the original on July 28, 2011. Retrieved January 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Chris Brown Named Head Coach of Fort Hays State Football". KAKE. December 10, 2010. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. Retrieved March 14, 2011. 
  5. ^ Gonzales, Randy (December 23, 2011). "Fort Hays made change in football in 2010". Hays Daily News. Archived from the original on December 25, 2010. Retrieved March 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Coaching Records Game-By-Game: 2011 (Fort Hays State)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved March 20, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Work ethic, family bond has Fort Hays State off to its best start in 100 years". October 18, 2017. Retrieved April 25, 2018. 

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