Neal Brown

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Neal Brown
Brown at the 2015 Sun Belt Media Day
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Troy
Conference Sun Belt
Record 14–11
Annual salary $850,000
Biographical details
Born (1980-03-11) March 11, 1980 (age 37)
Danville, Kentucky
Alma mater UMass
Playing career
1998–2000 Kentucky
2001–2002 UMass
Position(s) Wide receiver
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2003 UMass (TE/AOL)
2004 Sacred Heart (QB/WR)
2005 Delaware (WR)
2006–2007 Troy (IWR)
2008–2009 Troy (OC/QB)
2010–2012 Texas Tech (OC/QB)
2013–2014 Kentucky (OC/QB)
2015–present Troy
Head coaching record
Overall 14–11
Bowls 1-0

Neal Harmon Brown (born March 11, 1980) is an American college football coach and former player. He is currently the head football coach at Troy University, a position he assumed in November 2014. Brown previously served as the offensive coordinator at Troy (2008–2009) and Texas Tech University (2010–2012) and the University of Kentucky (2013–2014).


Brown attended Boyle County High School in Danville, Kentucky, where he was an all-state wide receiver, baseball, and basketball player.

He played football at the University of Kentucky under head coach Hal Mumme and his assistants, Mike Leach and Tony Franklin, before transferring to the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Early coaching career[edit]

Brown started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at UMass. Before joining Larry Blakeney's staff at Troy to work under Tony Franklin, he spent one-year assistant coaching stints at UMass, Sacred Heart, and Delaware. Following Franklin's departure to Auburn at the end of the 2007 regular season, Brown was promoted to offensive coordinator at Troy. When he was hired, he became the youngest coordinator in all FBS football.

Texas Tech[edit]

On January 12, 2010, Brown was announced as the offensive coordinator at Texas Tech under new Red Raiders head coach Tommy Tuberville. During the 2010 football season, the Red Raider offense performed well. During his tenure at Texas Tech, Brown perfected his NASCAR spread offense. The offense created by Brown focused on players running to the line immediately after the play and quickly snapping the ball before the defense could get set. The offense requires speed at every position to be run the way Brown envisions it. The focus of the offense was to snap the ball 8 seconds after the previous play. The 2010 Red Raiders ranked 15th in the country in total offense, 6th in passing offense, and 72nd in rushing offense.[1]

For his coaching performance during the 2011 41–38 upset victory over the then-ranked #3 Oklahoma Sooners, he was recognized by as National Coordinator of the Week.[2]

Brown was considered for the head coaching job at his alma mater, UMass, following the 2011 season.[3] Brown was also considered for the school's head coaching job when it opened following the 2008 season.


On December 9, 2012 it was reported after several weeks of speculation that Brown would return to his home state to coach the offense at Kentucky under new coach Mark Stoops.


Troy announced Brown's hire on Sunday, November 30, 2014. In 2016 Neal Brown coached the Troy Trojans to their first 10 win season since joining FBS in 2001 and getting ranked in the AP top 25 for the first time in school history. [4]


Brown is a member of the Boyle County Baseball and Football Hall of Fame. He is married to the former Brooke Stewart, and the couple have two daughters, Adalyn and Anslee.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Troy Trojans (Sun Belt Conference) (2015–present)
2015 Troy 4–8 3–5 T–5th
2016 Troy 10–3 6-2 T–3rd W Dollar General
2017 Troy 0-0 0-0
Troy: 14–11 9–7
Total: 14–11
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


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