NEW YORK - Denauld Brown, Columbia's defensive line coach since May 2007, has been promoted to defensive coordinator, Norries Wilson, Patricia and Shepard Alexander Head Coach of Football, announced today.
"Denauld Brown will do a great job as our defensive coordinator," Wilson said. "Having played and coached in the former NFL Europe, taking part in NFL Fellowship opportunities, and taking the time to increase his knowledge of how offense are trying to attack defense has helped him as a coach. Coordinating from the "front" is not something that is atypical, though there are not many coordinators that specialize in coaching the defensive line. The opportunity for Denauld creates continuity on the defensive side of the ball for us."
Brown replaces Aaron Kelton, who was named the head coach Williams earlier this spring. Brown led a Columbia defensive line that boasted two All-Ivy League players including unanimous first-team selection Lou Miller.
With Brown coordinating and coaching the defensive line, Columbia has an open coaching position.
"There is an ongoing search to fill our vacant defensive backs position," Wilson said. "That position will be filled the first week of August."
Columbia opens the season with four consecutive home games at Robert K. Kraft Field, starting September 18 vs. Fordham.