Buddy Brown enters his 11th season at Cumberland after working more than 30 years in Metro Nashville Public Schools. Brown coached linebackers his first two seasons at CU before taking over as the defensive line coach in 2010. He also serves as the team's Associate Head Coach.
Nine different players have earned All-Mid-South Conference honors under his tutelage at CU and the unit has made marked improvements in all areas. Brown arrived at the same time as fromer defensive coordinator and head coach Donnie Suber. The duo helped transform the defense from one of the worst in the NAIA in 2007 to perhaps the best in 2010 and one of the most consistent nationally for most of the last 10 seasons.
Linebackers Todd Holman and Stephon Ransom both earned All-Mid-South Conference honors in 2009 and Holman was named MSC Defensive Player of the Week once during that season. Defensive lineman Melvin Armstrong garnered All-MSC accolades in 2010 and Jarred Williams received the award in 2012.
Nick Lennox was voted First Team All-MSC and Simon Moriarty earned Second Team accolades in 2013. In 2014 Justus Dauscha added to that list with First Team All-Conference honors, posting 68 tackles with 16.0 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, two pass breakups, two quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles.
Cayman Russell garnered First Team All-MSC accolades in 2015 and Dauscha was a Second Team selection. Dauscha ended his Cumberland career with his third straight All-Mid-South recognition, this time on the First Team again, in 2016 and Donovan Norfleet was a First Team selection in 2017.
CU has posted at least 25 sacks in four of the last five seasons (128 total over that span), with the defensive line accounting for 75 percent (96.5) of that total.
Brown worked 34 years in Metro Nashville Public Schools, most recently at Hunters Lane High School where he was the defensive coordinator for one season and the offensive coordinator his final four years. Brown also coached the wrestling team at Hunters Lane.
Brown, who served as the president of the Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association in 1998, served as an assistant coach at Hillsboro High School in 1988-89 and began his head coaching career with the Burros from 1990-93. In 1994 he became the head coach at Antioch High School, his alma mater, where he stayed until 2000.
The 2001 Scholastic Assistant Coach of the Year for Tennessee led Antioch to one region championship and two runner-up finishes. The 1997 team’s playoff appearance was the first in school history and Brown was named the Region 5-4A Coach of the Year as well as the Metro Football Coaches Association Warren Dunn Coach of the Year. He also earned Region 6-5A Coach of the Year accolades in 2000.
Brown received his bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee in 1973 and earned his master’s in Education from Tennessee State in 1979. He is married to the former Cheryl Keller of Nashville and the couple has been together for 40 years.
Brown's Coaching Career
|2017||Assistant Coach||Cumberland University||7-4|
|2015||Assistant Coach||Cumberland University||3-8|
|2014||Assistant Coach||Cumberland University||6-5|
|2013||Assistant Coach||Cumberland University||7-4|
|2012||Assistant Coach||Cumberland University||8-3|
|2011||Assistant Coach||Cumberland University||7-3|
|2010||Assistant Coach||Cumberland University||8-3|
|2009||Assistant Coach||Cumberland University||5-6|
|2008||Assistant Coach||Cumberland University||6-5|
|2007||Assistant Coach||Centennial HS||4-6|
|2006||Assistant Coach||Hunters Lane HS||8-5||TSSAA Quarterfinals|
|2005||Assistant Coach||Hunters Lane HS||2-8|
|2004||Assistant Coach||Hunters Lane HS||6-5||TSSAA First Round|
|2003||Assistant Coach||Hunters Lane HS||8-3||TSSAA First Round|
|2002||Assistant Coach||Hunters Lane HS||5-6||TSSAA First Round|
|2001||Assistant Coach||Hunters Lane HS||8-3||TSSAA First Round|
|2000||Head Coach||Antioch HS||8-4||TSSAA Second Round|
|1999||Head Coach||Antioch HS||7-5||TSSAA Second Round|
|1998||Head Coach||Antioch HS||2-8|
|1997||Head Coach||Antioch HS||6-5||TSSAA First Round|
|1996||Head Coach||Antioch HS||4-6|
|1995||Head Coach||Antioch HS||1-9|
|1994||Head Coach||Antioch HS||1-9|
|1993||Head Coach||Hillsboro HS||4-6|
|1992||Head Coach||Hillsboro HS||4-6|
|1991||Head Coach||Hillsboro HS||4-6|
|1990||Head Coach||Hillsboro HS||2-8|
|1989||Head Coach||Hillsboro HS||10-2||TSSAA Second Round|
|1988||Head Coach||Hillsboro HS||5-5|
|1987||Assistant Coach||Overton HS||3-7|
|1986||Assistant Coach||Overton HS||9-4||TSSAA Quarterfinals|
|1985||Assistant Coach||DuPont HS||3-7|
|1984||Assistant Coach||DuPont HS||0-10|
|1983||Assistant Coach||DuPont HS||5-5|
|1982||Assistant Coach||DuPont HS||8-1|
|1981||Assistant Coach||DuPont HS||8-2|
|1980||Assistant Coach||Goodlettsville HS||9-2||Industrial Bowl|
|1979||Assistant Coach||Goodlettsville HS||8-3||Butter Bowl|
|1978||Assistant Coach||Goodlettsville HS||4-4|
|1977||Assistant Coach||Goodlettsville HS||4-6|
|1976||Assistant Coach||Goodlettsville HS||5-5|
|1975||Assistant Coach||Antioch HS||7-4||Lafayette Industrial Bowl|
|1974||Assistant Coach||Antioch HS||6-4|
|1973||Assistant Coach||Antioch HS||3-7|