After close to 25 years as a Northwestern assistant coach, Jerry Brown is retiring.
College Football News has confirmation from a source within the program that Brown is done coaching after his team’s win in the Music City Bowl.
Northwestern will be without their most tenured coach next year.
Longtime Northwestern assistant coach Jerry Brown is retiring following his team’s 24-23 victory over Kentucky in the Music City Bowl, College Football News can confirm.
The news was originally reported by Louie Vaccher of Wildcat Report.
Brown is retiring after 24 years of coaching at Northwestern, making him the longest tenured member on the staff.
He has served as assistant head coach since 2002, appointed by then head coach Randy Walker, and stayed in the position when Pat Fitzgerald took over in 2006.
Brown has also coached the secondary since 2002, following a two-year stint as the team’s defensive coordinator.
He is arguably one of the most successful coaches in team history, as he was on the staff for 11 of Northwestern’s 14 bowl bowl games.
Brown is as close to a purple-blooded Wildcat as it can get. He played at Northwestern for two seasons as a wide receiver between 1969 and 1970. In 20 combined games, Brown caught 24 passes for 442 yards and two touchdowns. He was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the ninth round of the 1972 NFL draft.
Even though he will be stepping aside, he won’t be too far from his beloved Wildcats, as he resides in Evanston.
Right now, however, Brown is basking in his team’s latest bowl victory in Nashville and he appears to be loving it.
Wishing the best for Jerry Brown and his family in the New Year and beyond.