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UConn names Brown defensive coordinator

Maybe Maryland owed Connecticut something after taking Randy Edsall as head coach.

Don Brown, who spent the past two seasons as the Terrapins' defensive coordinator, is coming to UConn to serve that same role under Paul Pasqualoni, the school announced Friday. Brown, a Spencer, Mass. native, has also been the head coach at Massachusetts (2004-08), Northeastern (2000-03) and Plymouth State (1993-95). He led UMass to the 2006 NCAA Football Championship Subdivision finals and has a career record of 95-45 as a collegiate head coach.

“I am happy to have the opportunity to be coaching back in New England at the highest level at the University of Connecticut,” Brown said in a statement. “My family is in New England and I am looking forward to being there. I am excited in working with Coach Pasqualoni, and his tremendous defensive experience will only help me learn and grow as a coach.

“We will have a defense that is aggressive, fast and physical. I believe in big pressure and penetration, and that is what I am going to give the UConn defense. I am excited to get to the campus and work hard to get better every day.”

In Maryland finished 2010 ranked No. 38 nationally in scoring defense (22.2 points per game), No. 39 in total defense (352.3 yards per game), No. 21 in rushing defense (124.5 yards per game), ninth in pass efficiency defense (107.6 rating) and tied for 18th in turnovers gained (29).

In a statement, Pasqualoni called Brown "a man of great character."

“He is a teacher, a coach and has been involved in the highest levels of academics and athletics," Pasqualoni said. "Don is a great addition to our staff in terms of the approach we will take with our student-athletes in the University of Connecticut football program.”

Brown led UMass to its best five-year span in program history, as the Minutemen finished with 43 wins in his tenure. His winning percentage (.694/43-19) is tops in UMass history. Brown led UMass to the 2006 national championship game. He was 27-20 at Northeastern after inheriting a team that went 2-9 the year before he arrived.