NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE — University of Texas Head Coach Mack Brown will lead the American Football Coaches Association in 2013 as president of the organization. He succeeds outgoing president Tim Murphy of Harvard University. He was elected president by members attending the Association’s 2013 convention this week in Nashville, Tennessee.
“I’m so honored to be serving as the President of the AFCA and representing all of our coaches at a time when our game is facing many challenges, changes and issues, but has never been stronger,” Brown said. “The interest and excitement in college football is at an all-time high and our organization is excited to continue to provide leadership for our great game. Serving on the board for the past few years and being a part of this organization for many, many years has been very enjoyable and rewarding. Now, to have the opportunity to take on the role of AFCA President, is something I’m really looking forward to.”
In addition to Brown, 2013 AFCA officers include first vice-president Mike Welch of Ithaca College; second vice-president Tommy Tuberville of the University of Cincinnati and third vice-president Todd Berry of the University of Lousiana-Monroe.
Also serving on the Board in 2013: Lee Owens, Ashland University; Jim Grobe, Wake Forest University; Bill Cronin, Georgetown College (Ky.); Frank Solich, Ohio University; Mike Riley, Oregon State University; Gary Patterson, TCU; David Bailiff, Rice University; Mark Richt, University of Georgia; Pete Fredenburg, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor; Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern Univeristy; Craig Bohl, North Dakota State University; Tony Samuel, Southeast Missouri State University; Bobby Kennedy, University of Colorado, ex officio member and chairman of the Assistant Coaches Committee; Joe Taylor, ex officio member and chairman of the Minority Issues Committee; and Ed Maloney, Dundee (Mich.) High School, ex officio member and chairman of the High School Committee. Bronco Mendenhall of BYU and Todd Knight of Ouachita Baptist University are newly-elected members of the Board this year. AFCA Executive Director Grant Teaff serves as secretary-treasurer of the organization.
Brown completed his 15th season at Texas, and 29th overall as a head coach in 2012. He led the Longhorns to a 9-4 mark and a victory over Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl, making his record 150-43 at Texas, and 236-117-1 overall. The 236 wins rank him 11th all-time. Brown is one of three active FBS head coaches to reach the 200-win plateau, and one of only two FBS head coaches to lead his team to 20 bowl games in 21 seasons and 22 winning seasons in the last 23 years. He has guided the Longhorns to six Big 12 South Division titles, two Big 12 championships, four BCS Bowl berths and two appearances in the BCS National Championship game, winning it all in 2005.
Brown has been named AFCA Regional Coach of the Year three times and Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year in 2008. He earned Paul “Bear” Bryant National Coach of the Year honors in 2005 after leading the Longhorns to a 13-0 record and a BCS championship, and in 2009, was named Big 12 Coach of the Year after a 13-1 season. The 2010 season ended a streak of nine straight seasons of 10 or more wins for the Brown-led Longhorns, which is the second-longest streak in NCAA history.
Brown arrived in Austin after 10 years with the University of North Carolina, where he led the Tar Heels to a 54-18 record in his final six seasons, including three 10-win seasons and six straight bowl games. Brown began his head coaching career in 1983 at Appalachian State, leading the Mountaineers to a 6-5 record for one season before being picked up as an offensive coordinator at the University of Oklahoma in 1984. Brown earned his second head coaching opportunity in 1985 at Tulane. He inherited a program that had suffered three straight losing seasons and led them to a 6-5 record in 1987 and a berth in the Independence Bowl, the program’s fourth bowl appearance since 1940.
Brown began his coaching career as a student assistant at Florida State in 1973, where he picked up coaching after an injury kept him from playing in his senior season. From 1975 to 1979, he worked as a wide receivers coach at Southern Miss, Memphis State and Iowa State before becoming the offensive coordinator for the Cyclones. After two years as the offensive coordinator at Iowa State, Brown became the quarterbacks coach at LSU in 1982.
Brown and his wife, Sally, have four children — Matt, Katherine, Barbara and Chris — and three grandchildren Tyler, Mack and Bailey.