Watson Brown

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Watson Brown
Biographical details
Born (1950-04-19) April 19, 1950 (age 69)
Cookeville, Tennessee
Playing career
1969–1972 Vanderbilt
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1973 Vanderbilt (GA)
1974–1975 East Carolina (QB/WR)
1976–1977 Jacksonville State (OC)
1978 Texas Tech (assistant)
1979–1980 Austin Peay
1981–1982 Vanderbilt (OC)
1983 Cincinnati
1984–1985 Rice
1986–1990 Vanderbilt
1991–1992 Mississippi State (OC)
1993–1994 Oklahoma (OC)
1995–2006 UAB
2007–2015 Tennessee Tech
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1984–1985 Rice
2002–2005 UAB
Head coaching record
Overall136–211–1
Bowls0–1
Tournaments0–1 (NCAA D-I playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1 OVC (2011)
Awards
OVC Coach of the Year (2011)

Lester Watson Brown (born April 19, 1950) is a retired American football coach and former player. He was most recently the head football coach at Tennessee Technological University, a position he held from 2007 to 2015. 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 Rice from 1984 to 1985 and at UAB from 2002 to 2005. Brown played college football as a quarterback at Vanderbilt. He is the older brother of Mack Brown, the head football coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

American football Team field sport

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, the team with possession of the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with the ball or passing it, while the defense, the team without possession of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs or plays; if they fail, they turn over the football to the defense, but if they succeed, they are given a new set of four downs to continue the drive. Points are scored primarily by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

Tennessee Technological University University

Tennessee Technological University is a public university in Cookeville, Tennessee. It was formerly known as Tennessee Polytechnic Institute (1915), and before that as University of Dixie, the name under which it was founded as a private institution in 1909. Tennessee Tech places special emphasis on undergraduate education in fields related to engineering and technology, although degrees in education, liberal arts, agriculture, nursing, and other fields of study can be pursued as well. Additionally, there are graduate offerings in engineering, education, business, and the liberal arts. Affiliated with the Tennessee Board of Regents, the university is governed by a Board of Trustees. Its athletic teams compete in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Austin Peay State University public university in Clarksville, Tennessee, United States

Austin Peay State University is a four-year public university located in Clarksville, Tennessee. Standing on a site occupied by a succession of Tennessean educational institutions since 1845, the precursor of the university was established in 1927 and named for then-sitting Governor Austin Peay. Affiliated with the Tennessee Board of Regents, it is now governed by the Austin Peay State University Board of Trustees as of May 2017. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and, in 2012, was the fastest-growing university in Tennessee.

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Early years and playing career

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 baseball team as a shortstop. He chose to stay in state and played as a quarterback at Vanderbilt University from 1969 to 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.

Cookeville, Tennessee City in Tennessee, United States

Cookeville is a city in Putnam County, Tennessee, United States. Its population at the 2010 census was 30,435. It is the county seat and largest city of Putnam County and home to Tennessee Technological University. It is recognized as one of the country's micropolitan areas, smaller cities which nevertheless function as significant economic hubs. Of the twenty micropolitan areas in Tennessee, Cookeville is the largest; the Cookeville micropolitan area's 2010 Census population was 106,042. The U.S. Census Bureau ranked the Cookeville micropolitan area as the 8th largest-gaining micropolitan area in the country between 2016-2017 with a one-year gain of 1,660 and a 2017 population of 111,363.

Quarterback Position in gridiron football

The quarterback, colloquially known as the "signal caller", is a position in American and Canadian football. Quarterbacks are members of the offensive team and line up directly behind the offensive line. In modern American football, the quarterback is usually considered the leader of the offensive team, and is often responsible for calling the play in the huddle. The quarterback also touches the ball on almost every offensive play, and is the offensive player that almost always throws forward passes.

Basketball Team sport

Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one or more one-point free throws. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play (overtime) is mandated.

Coaching career

After graduating from Vanderbilt, Brown spent the 1973 season as a graduate assistant at his alma mater. 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 NCAA Division II Football Championship in 1977.

A graduate assistant serves in a support role at a university, usually while completing post-graduate education. The assistant typically helps professors with instructional responsibilities as teaching assistants or with academic research responsibilities as research assistants, aids coaches with an athletic team, or is employed by other university departments.

East Carolina University public research university in Greenville, North Carolina, United States

East Carolina University (ECU) is a public research university in Greenville, North Carolina It is the fourth largest university in North Carolina.

Patrick Fain Dye is a former American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at East Carolina University (1974–1979), the University of Wyoming (1980), and Auburn University (1981–1992) compiling a career college football record of 153–62–5. He served as the Athletic Director at Auburn from 1981 to 1991 and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2005. On November 19, 2005 the playing field in the stadium at Auburn University was named 'Pat Dye Field' in his honor.

Brown spent the 1978 season as an assistant at Texas Tech University under Rex Dockery 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.

Texas Tech University Public research university in Lubbock, Texas, United States

Texas Tech University is a public research university in Lubbock, Texas. Established on February 10, 1923, and called until 1969 Texas Technological College, it is the main institution of the four-institution Texas Tech University System. The university's student enrollment is the seventh-largest in Texas as of the Fall 2017 semester.

Rex Dockery American football player and coach

John "Rex" Dockery was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Texas Tech University from 1978 to 1980 and at Memphis State University, now the University of Memphis, from 1981 to 1983, compiling a career college football record of 23–40–3. Dockery was killed in a plane crash in 1983.

Austin Peay Governors football Football team for Austin Peay State University

The Austin Peay Governors Football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the Austin Peay State University located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Ohio Valley Conference. The school's first football team was fielded in 1930. They were previously a member of the Pioneer Football League from 2001 through 2005. The team plays its home games at the 10,000 seat Fortera Stadium.

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.

University of Cincinnati public research university in Cincinnati, Ohio

The University of Cincinnati is a public research university in Cincinnati, Ohio. Founded in 1819 as Cincinnati College, it is the oldest institution of higher education in Cincinnati and has an annual enrollment of over 44,000 students, making it the second largest university in Ohio. It is part of the University System of Ohio.

Cincinnati Bearcats football football team of the University of Cincinnati

The Cincinnati Bearcats football program represents the University of Cincinnati in college football. They compete at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision level as members of the American Athletic Conference, and have played their home games in historic Nippert Stadium since 1924. The Bearcats have an all-time record of over .500 as of 2018, having reached their 600th program victory in 2017. The team has had a bit of a resurgence in the past few years, going 98-56 since 2006, along with 9 bowl game appearances, 5 conference titles, two BCS Bowl berths, and 22 NFL Draft selections.

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 to 1990 produced a record of 10–45.

An athletic director is an administrator at many clubs or institutions, like colleges and universities, as well as in larger high schools and middle schools, who oversees the work of coaches and related staff involved in athletic programs.

Rice University university in Houston, Texas, USA

William Marsh Rice University, commonly known as Rice University, is a private research university in Houston, Texas. The university is situated on a 300-acre campus near the Houston Museum District and is adjacent to the Texas Medical Center.

Rice Owls football

The Rice Owls football team represents Rice University in NCAA Division I college football. The Owls have competed in Conference USA's Western Division since 2005. Rice Stadium, built in 1950, hosts the Owls' home football games.

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

In 1995, Brown was hired by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) to lead the fledgling program as it prepared to move from NCAA Division I-AA to Division I-A. In 12 seasons as the head coach of the Blazers he compiled a record of 62–74 and led the team to its first bowl game appearance, in the 2004 Hawaii Bowl. Brown resigned from UAB to take over the head coaching responsibilities at Tennessee Technological University on December 9, 2006.

Brown is the first coach in NCAA football history to lose 200 games. With Tennessee Tech's 50–7 loss on September 27, 2014, Brown eclipsed Amos Alonzo Stagg's mark of 199 losses.

On December 2, 2015, Brown announced his retirement as coach at Tennessee Tech. [1]

Head coaching record

YearTeamOverallConferenceStandingBowl/playoffsCoaches#AP°
Austin Peay Governors (NCAA Division I-AA independent)(1979–1980)
1979 Austin Peay7–4
1980 Austin Peay7–4
Austin Peay:14–8
Cincinnati Bearcats (NCAA Division I-A independent)(1983)
1983 Cincinnati4–6–1
Cincinnati:4–6–1
Rice Owls (Southwest Conference)(1984–1985)
1984 Rice1–100–89th
1985 Rice3–82–67th
Rice:4–182–14
Vanderbilt Commodores (Southeastern Conference)(1986–1990)
1986 Vanderbilt 1–100–610th
1987 Vanderbilt 4–71–5T–7th
1988 Vanderbilt 3–82–5T–8th
1989 Vanderbilt 1–100–710th
1990 Vanderbilt 1–101–6T–9th
Vanderbilt:10–454–29
UAB Blazers (NCAA Division I-AA independent)(1995)
1995 UAB 5–6
UAB Blazers (NCAA Division I-A independent)(1996–1998)
1996 UAB 5–6
1997 UAB 5–6
1998 UAB 4–7
UAB Blazers (Conference USA)(1999–2006)
1999 UAB 5–64–2T–2nd
2000 UAB 7–43–35th
2001 UAB 6–55–2T–2nd
2002 UAB 5–74–4T–5th
2003 UAB 5–74–4T–6th
2004 UAB 7–55–3T–2ndL Hawaii
2005 UAB 5–63–5T–5th (East)
2006 UAB 3–92–65th (East)
UAB:62–7430–29
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (Ohio Valley Conference)(2007–2015)
2007 Tennessee Tech 4–72–6T–7th
2008 Tennessee Tech 3–91–79th
2009 Tennessee Tech 6–55–3T–2nd
2010 Tennessee Tech 5–64–46th
2011 Tennessee Tech 7–46–2T–1stL NCAA Division I First Round
2012 Tennessee Tech 3–81–7T–8th
2013 Tennessee Tech 5–72–6T–7th
2014 Tennessee Tech 5–74–45th
2015 Tennessee Tech 4–73–56th
Tennessee Tech:42–6028–44
Total:136–211–1
      National championship        Conference title        Conference division title or championship game berth

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