Stoops adds Neal Brown to coaching staff


The University of Kentucky held a press conference to welcome new football coach Mark Stoops on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 at Nutter FIeld House. Photo by Latara Appleby


Former Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown is joining Mark Stoops’ staff as both offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, UK Athletics announced Monday

Brown is the second coach to be officially named to UK head coach Mark Stoops’ first staff.

“Neal is a young, hungry, dynamic coach who has had a lot of success in the Big 12 (Conference),” Stoops said to UK Athletics. “I want a style of offense that puts defenses in difficult situations.  Also important to me was Neal’s familiarity with the people of Kentucky and the University.  When you put together the football and the relationships, it was a no-brainer.”

Brown’s ties to the state of Kentucky include a three year playing career at UK from 1998 to 2000 as a wide receiver before transferring to Massachusetts.

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

His stint as a coach at Texas Tech lasted for three seasons, where his offenses improved each year.

Under his tenure, Texas Tech’s offense climbed from 15th in total offense (460.2 yards per game) and 23rd in scoring offense (33.1 points per game) in the 2010 season to 12th in total offense (501.4 yards per game) and 16th in scoring offense (37.8 points per game) in the 2012 season.

In 2012, UK’s offense ranked 113th in total offense (315 yards per game) and 116th in scoring offense (17.9 points per game).

Prior to his time in Lubbock, Brown was the offensive coordinator at Troy in 2008 and 2009 after being the inside receivers coach at Troy in 2006 and 2007.

In 2009, Troy’s offense set 10 school records, including passing yards (4th in the country at 336.5 yards per game) and total offense (3rd in the country at 485.7 yards per game).