Tuesday, July 12, 2016

From Lycoming College Football to the Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys Running Back Coach Gary Brown talks to the Crosscutters Staff.
(Photo courtesy of WOL.news)
Williamsport, PA - We had a chance to talk to the Dallas Cowboys running back coach Gary Brown at a recent Williamsport Crosscutters game. Gary said he was in town just visiting family and friends. Brown's Lycoming Warrior connection started as the running back coach for the 2003 MAC Champions. Former Head Coach Frank Girardi gave Gary a chance to coach and he has made the best of it. Brown coached for three years at Lycoming.

In 2008 Brown landed a coaching job at Rutgers. Greg Schiano, the head coach at Rutgers at the time, announced that Brown will join the Scarlet Knight coaching staff as running backs coach. Coach Girardi said of Gary's new appointment, “It’s a big jump because of recruitment, especially the fact that he played at the highest level in college and certainly excelled in the pros, he’ll certainly be able to make that transition.”

On February 8, 2013, Gary was hired with the Dallas Cowboys as their running backs coach, where he is still coaching. The Dallas Cowboys press release of that hire read a follows:

Former Lycoming RB Coach
Gary Brown
Cowboys Make It Official With New RBs Coach Gary Brown
The Dallas Cowboys made it official with Gary Brown on Monday, announcing him as the team’s new running backs coach.

Brown replaces Skip Peete, who was the first member of the Dallas staff to be canned following a second consecutive 8-8 season, and for obvious reasons. In a season that saw starter DeMarco Murray struggle to return from a midseason foot injury, the Cowboys finished 2012 as the second-worst rushing team in the league.

After being fired by Dallas, Peete found a new gig with with the Chicago Bears (who also gave ousted special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis his new job).

After an eight-year playing career in the NFL, Brown began his coaching career at Lycoming College, before moving on to Susquehanna University and, finally, Rutgers. After Rutgers, he made the jump to the NFL, and served as the Cleveland Browns running backs coach for the past four seasons.