LUBBOCK, TX – Holding true to his pledge of keeping Texas Tech's high flying offense, newly named head football coach Tommy Tuberville tabbed Troy's Neal Brown as offensive coordinator, Wednesday, in what was his first official staff hire since taking over the program on Saturday.
"Neal (Brown) is an excellent young coach and his offensive philosophy fits perfectly here at Texas Tech, said Tuberville. "We are going to keep the Air Raid offense alive and well and Neal's credentials certainly back that up. He understands this system in and out and has had great success with it at Troy and is excited about coming to Texas Tech and the Big 12 Conference."
Brown, 29, comes to Texas Tech from Troy University (Troy, Ala./Sun Belt Conference) where he spent the last four seasons with the Trojans, including the last two as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. Despite being the youngest offensive coordinator in the FBS, Brown's impact on the Trojan offense was impressive as his unit ended the 2009 season ranked third nationally in total offense (485.6 yards-per-game) fourth in passing (336.5 yards-per-game) and 16th in scoring (33.69 points-per-game).
He will inherit one of the nation's most prolific offenses upon his arrival in Lubbock as the Red Raiders finished the 2009 season ranked fourth in total offense (470.77 yards-per-game), second in passing (386.77 yards-per-game) and seventh in scoring (37.0 points-per-game). Texas Tech has led the nation in passing six of the last eight years.
In his first season as offensive coordinator in 2008, the Trojans' fast-paced no huddle offense set 10 school records, including the most total yards in a season, most first downs in a season, most total yards in a game, most first downs in a game, and most pass completions in a game. In his first season as offensive coordinator, Brown led the Trojans to a national ranking of 26 in total offense with 421.42 yards-per-game. He also led the Trojans rushing attack to a 36th-place national ranking, while the passing game came in at 32. The Trojans were the 23rd-highest scoring team in the country in 2008, averaging 33.25 points-per-game under Brown's leadership. In addition, Troy ranked in the top three of every major offensive category in the Sun Belt during the 2008 season.
During Brown's first two seasons at Troy he coached the inside receivers. In 2007, the Trojan offense was among the nation's leaders in scoring, total offense, passing, rushing, and most plays from scrimmage.
In Brown's first season at Troy, he helped transform the Trojan offense from one of the worst in all of college football to a unit that led the Sun Belt Conference. Brown, along with outside receivers coach Shayne Wasden, led a receiving corp that finished the season with three receivers ranked among the top 10 in the conference.
Brown went to Troy after serving as wide receivers coach at the University of Delaware, a perennial Division I-AA power. He started three freshman in the Blue Hens' spread attack and led them to a 6-5 record. Prior to his stint at Delaware, Brown served as wide receivers coach and quarterbacks coach at NCAA Division I-AA Sacred Heart in 2004; leading the Fairfield, CT school to a record of 6-4 overall and the top-ranked scoring offense in the conference. Brown came to Sacred Heart after working as tight ends coach and offensive line assistant at the University of Massachusetts. In 2003, he helped lead the Minutemen to a share of the Atlantic-10 title and a berth in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.
He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Management in 2002 and his Masters in Business Administration in 2005, both from the University of Massachusetts.
Brown earned two letters as a wide receiver at UMass, catching 58 passes for 721 yards and four touchdowns while being named to the Atlantic-10 All-Academic and the NCAA Division I-AA Athletic Director's Academic All-Star Team as a senior.
The Danville, KY native played his first three seasons at the University of Kentucky. While at Kentucky, Brown earned two letters and participated in the Outback and Music City Bowls. He was also a member of the Southeastern Conference's All-Academic Team all three seasons.
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 has one child, Adalyn.
Additional staff changes within the football program were also announced Wednesday that will be effective immediately. Offensive line coach Matt Moore, defensive ends coach Charlie Sadler along with graduate assistants Duane Price and Sonny Cumbie will remain on the staff in their current positions. Wide receivers coach Dennis Simmons will remain with the athletics department indefinitely as the administration explores a potential future capacity.