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Buddy Brown

Buddy Brown

Associate Head Coach

Phone (615) 547-1349

Buddy Brown enters his 10th 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.

Eight 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 defensive coordinator and now 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 nine 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. Last season Dauscha ended his Cumberland career with his third straight All-Mid-South recognition, this time on the First Team again.

CU has posted at least 25 sacks in each of the last four seasons (106 total over that span), with the defensive line accounting for 79 percent (84) 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

Year Position School Record Postseason
2016 Assistant Coach Cumberland Univ. 5-6  
2015 Assistant Coach Cumberland Univ. 3-8  
2014 Assistant Coach Cumberland Univ. 6-5  
2013 Assistant Coach Cumberland Univ. 7-4  
2012 Assistant Coach Cumberland Univ. 8-3  
2011 Assistant Coach Cumberland Univ. 7-3  
2010 Assistant Coach Cumberland Univ. 8-3  
2009 Assistant Coach Cumberland Univ. 5-6  
2008 Assistant Coach Cumberland Univ. 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