Football Coaching Staff
Ron Brown
Director of Player Development
Coach Info:
Position: Director of Player Development
Alma Mater: Brown
Graduating Year: 1979
Phone: 402-472-3116

Ron Brown is in his second season as Nebraska's director of player development. He has a long association with Husker football, serving as an assistant coach for 24 seasons (1987-2003 and again from 2008-14). 

Brown serves in a non-coaching role, mentoring Husker football student-athletes in numerous off-field development areas. He also assists in community outreach efforts for both Husker football players and staff. 

Even though he is in a non-coaching role, Brown brings 31 years of college coaching experience to the staff. He coached for four seasons at his alma mater, Brown University, before his 24 seasons at Nebraska. Brown's most recent coaching stop came as the associate head coach at Liberty for three seasons from 2014 to 2017, where he served under former Husker player and assistant coach Turner Gill.

Brown was a part of three national championships at Nebraska, and he coached more than 40 academic all-conference players and nearly 40 players that went on to professional careers.

Brown coached the Nebraska tight ends (2008-10) and running backs (2011-14) during his most recent stint with the Huskers. During that time, he tutored future NFL running backs Rex Burkhead and Ameer Abdullah, who rank second and sixth, respectively, on NU’s all-time rushing list.

Burkhead earned first-team Academic All-America honors in both 2011 and 2012, while Abdullah was a Doak Walker Award finalist as a senior in 2014. Abdullah left Nebraska as the school’s No. 2 all-time rusher and all-time leader in all-purpose yards.

During his time as an assistant from 1987 to 2003, Brown coached the Nebraska wide receivers and tight ends. Brown’s players had a reputation for their tenacity and downfield blocking, helping Nebraska to nine NCAA rushing crowns in 17 seasons.

Brown spent four years from 2004 to 2007 as the Nebraska State Director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. A native of New York, Brown earned his bachelor’s degree from Brown in 1979, and a master’s degree from Columbia in 1982.

Ron is married to Molvina Carter.