Watson Brown

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Watson Brown
Sport(s)Football
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamTennessee Tech
ConferenceOVC
Record33–46
Biographical details
Born(1950-04-19) April 19, 1950 (age 64)
Cookeville, Tennessee
Playing career
1969–1972Vanderbilt
Position(s)Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1973
1974–1975
1976–1977
1978
1979–1980
1981–1982
1983
1984–1985
1986–1990
1991–1992
1993–1994
1995–2006
2007–present
Vanderbilt (GA)
East Carolina (QB/WR)
Jacksonville State (OC)
Texas Tech (assistant)
Austin Peay
Vanderbilt (OC)
Cincinnati
Rice
Vanderbilt
Mississippi State (OC)
Oklahoma (OC)
UAB
Tennessee Tech
Head coaching record
Overall127–197–1
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
*2011 Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year
 
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Watson Brown
Sport(s)Football
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamTennessee Tech
ConferenceOVC
Record33–46
Biographical details
Born(1950-04-19) April 19, 1950 (age 64)
Cookeville, Tennessee
Playing career
1969–1972Vanderbilt
Position(s)Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1973
1974–1975
1976–1977
1978
1979–1980
1981–1982
1983
1984–1985
1986–1990
1991–1992
1993–1994
1995–2006
2007–present
Vanderbilt (GA)
East Carolina (QB/WR)
Jacksonville State (OC)
Texas Tech (assistant)
Austin Peay
Vanderbilt (OC)
Cincinnati
Rice
Vanderbilt
Mississippi State (OC)
Oklahoma (OC)
UAB
Tennessee Tech
Head coaching record
Overall127–197–1
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
*2011 Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year

Lester Watson Brown (born April 19, 1950) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head football coach at Tennessee Technological University, a position he has held since 2007. Previously, Brown served as the head coach at Austin Peay State University (1979–1980), the University of Cincinnati (1983), Rice University (1984–1985), Vanderbilt University (1986–1990), and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (1995–2006). He was also the athletic director at UAB from 2002 to 2005. Brown played college football as a quarterback at Vanderbilt. He is the older brother of Mack Brown, the outgoing head football coach at the University of Texas at Austin.

Early years and playing career[edit]

A native of Cookeville, Tennessee, Brown was one of the top-rated quarterbacks in the nation coming out of high school. He was also recruited to play basketball and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates as a shortstop. He chose to stay in state and was a quarterback at Vanderbilt University from 1969–1972. He started all four years at Vandy and led the Commodores to their best seasons in terms of wins since 1960. One of his victories was a 14–10 upset over the #13 Alabama Crimson Tide in 1969. It was Vanderbilt’s first victory over Alabama in 13 seasons.

Coaching career[edit]

After graduating from Vanderbilt, Brown spent the 1973 season as a graduate assistant at Vanderbilt. From there, he went to East Carolina University, where he spent two seasons as an assistant to Pat Dye, coaching quarterbacks and wide receivers. In 1976 and 1977, he served as the offensive coordinator at Jacksonville State University. The Gamecocks played for the Division II national championship in 1977.

Brown spent the 1978 season as an assistant at Texas Tech before landing his first head coaching position a year later. At age 29, he began a two-year stint as the head coach at Austin Peay State University. The Governors had a record of 14–8 under Brown.

In 1981, Brown returned to Vanderbilt to become the school’s offensive coordinator. Two seasons later, he took his first major college head coaching job, taking over the program at the University of Cincinnati. In one season with the Bearcats, he had a record of 4–6–1.

In 1984, Brown was named head football coach and athletic director at Rice University. In two seasons with the Owls, he compiled a record of 4–18. From there he returned to his alma mater to take over the struggling Vanderbilt University football program. Brown’s five-year stint with the Commodores from 1986–1990 produced a record of 10–45.

After leaving Vanderbilt, Brown spent the 1991 and 1992 seasons as the offensive coordinator at Mississippi State University, then the 1993 and 1994 seasons with the same responsibilities at the University of Oklahoma.

In 1995, Brown was hired by UAB to lead the fledgling program as it prepared to move from Division I-AA to Division I-A. In twelve seasons as the Blazers’ head coach he compiled a record of 62–74, and led the team to its first bowl appearance in the Hawaii Bowl in 2004.

Brown resigned from UAB to take over the head coaching responsibilities at Tennessee Tech University on December 9, 2006. During the 2013 season Brown became the all-time leader in coaching losses in college football history with 197.

Head coaching record[edit]

YearTeamOverallConferenceStandingBowl/playoffsCoaches#AP°
Austin Peay Governors (I-AA Independent) (1979–1980)
1979Austin Peay7–4
1980Austin Peay7–4
Austin Peay:14–8
Cincinnati Bearcats (Independent) (1983)
1983Cincinnati4–6–1
Cincinnati:4–6–1
Rice Owls (Southwest Conference) (1984–1985)
1984Rice1–100–89th
1985Rice3–82–67th
Rice:4–182–14
Vanderbilt Commodores (Southeastern Conference) (1986–1990)
1986Vanderbilt1–100–610th
1987Vanderbilt4–71–5T–7th
1988Vanderbilt3–82–5T–8th
1989Vanderbilt1–100–710th
1990Vanderbilt1–101–6T–9th
Vanderbilt:10–454–29
UAB Blazers (I-AA Independent) (1995)
1995UAB5–6
UAB Blazers (Independent) (1996–1998)
1996UAB5–6
1997UAB5–6
1998UAB4–7
UAB Blazers (Conference USA) (1999–2006)
1999UAB5–64–2T–2nd
2000UAB7–43–35th
2001UAB6–55–2T–2nd
2002UAB5–74–4T–5th
2003UAB5–74–4T–6th
2004UAB7–55–3T–2ndL Hawai'i
2005UAB5–63–5T–5th (East)
2006UAB3–92–65th (East)
UAB:62–7430–29
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (Ohio Valley Conference) (2007–present)
2007Tennessee Tech4–72–6T–7th
2008Tennessee Tech3–91–79th
2009Tennessee Tech6–55–3T–2nd
2010Tennessee Tech5–64–46th
2011Tennessee Tech7–46–2T–1stL NCAA Division I First Round
2012Tennessee Tech3–81–7T–8th
2013Tennessee Tech5–72–6T–7th
Tennessee Tech:33–4621–35
Total:127–197–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

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