Former Titans DL and Chattanooga Native Tony Brown Named New Mocs Assistant Coach
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coach Russ Huesman announced the hiring of three new assistant coaches today. Two former NFL players and an experienced collegiate assistant highlight this new group of Mocs.
Tony Brown is the defensive line assistant, Shawn Bryson joins the team as the running backs coach and Rod West will handle the corners and dimes. Pending final University approval, they replace B.J. Hogan, Sean Dawkins and Brandon Cooper who left following the 2014 season.
“We are excited about adding all three to our staff,” stated Huesman. “They are all good coaches who have unique background that bring value to our program. They are committed to doing what it takes to maintain a championship program at Chattanooga, and I am excited for them to get started.”
Chattanooga native Tony Brown spent eight seasons as a defensive tackle in the NFL. He was a four-year starter with the Tennessee Titans from 2007-10. An all-conference standout at the University of Memphis, he graduated with a degree in Sociology in 2002. Since his professional playing days, he has coached at Chattanooga’s East Hamilton High School and participated in the NFL’s Retired Players Internship coaching program.
Shawn Bryson, a captain on Tennessee’s 1998 National Championship team, is also a eight-year veteran of the NFL. A third round selection by the Buffalo Bills in 1999, Bryson played for both Buffalo and Detroit from 1999-06. He graduated from Tennessee with a Political Science degree in 2011 and has worked at Lenoir-Rhyne, Temple and most-recently as the running backs coach at Florida A&M.
Rod West is stepping in as the cornerbacks and dimes coach for Chattanooga’s secondary. He earned his degree in English from Alabama State in 2009, following a four-year playing career for the Hornets. He started his coaching career as the defensive backs coach for Kentucky Christian University in 2009. In 2010, he helped Delta State to the NCAA DII national title game as the defensive backs graduate assistant. He also coached at Morehouse and Texas A&M – Commerce, before spending the last two years as the defensive backs coach at Morehead State.
With the departure of Hogan, defensive line coach Marcus West and receivers coach Will Healy are the two longest tenured on Huesman’s staff. They have been with the program since Huesman took over in 2009. Adam Braitwaite returns for his fourth year, third as defensive coordinator, and Jeff Durden enters his third season as offensive coordinator. Chris Harr has spent the last two seasons as the tight ends coach, and Chris Malone is entering his second as the offensive line coach. Rusty Wright is in his third year coaching the linebackers.