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Gary Brown joins Rutgers staff as running backs coach

March 1, 2008
Greg Schiano and Gary Brown go way back. In 1990, Schiano was a graduate assistant and Brown was a running back for Penn State.

Nearly two decades later, the two are reunited.

Schiano, the head coach at Rutgers, announced that Brown will join the Scarlet Knight coaching staff as running backs coach.

Kirk Ciarrocca also joined the coaching staff as a wide receivers coach, along with defensive line coach Gary Emmanuel.

Brown, a 1987 graduate of Williamsport, makes the jump to Rutgers after spending the last five seasons at the Division III level. Brown spent the last two seasons as the offensive coordinator at Susquehanna. In 2007, under Brown’s direction, the Crusaders rushed for nearly 130 yards a game and 300 total yards per game.

Brown could not be reached for comment Friday night.

Prior to coaching at Susquehanna, Brown served as a running backs coach at Lycoming where he was on staff on the 2003 Middle Atlantic Conference Championship.

“It’s a big jump because of recruitment, especially the fact that he played at the highest level in college and certainly excelled in the pros,” said Lycoming football coach Frank Girardi. “He’ll certainly be able to make that transition.”

Brown was drafted in the eighth round of the 1991 NFL draft and played for three teams in eight seasons and twice rushed for over 1,000 yards. In 1993, he rushed for 1,002 yards for the Houston Oilers and six touchdowns while earning all AFC honors. He rushed for a career-high 1,063 yards in 1998 with the New York Giants. Brown finished his career with 4,300 yards and 21 scores.

Following his NFL career, Brown returned to Williamsport and joined the high school coaching staff.

Brown will be joining a Rutgers program that went 8-5 in 2007.

The Scarlet Knights rushed for just under 200 yards a game and 33 points per game. The running game accounted for 28 touchdowns with junior Ray Rice rushed for a Big—East Conference best 2,012 yards and 24 touchdowns. Rice also was the league leader in all-purpose with 2,251 yards. Rice already declared for the NFL Draft.

Schiano will enter his eighth season as Rutgers head coach. Schiano, a 1988 graduate of Bucknell, joined the Penn State staff in 1990 as a graduate assistant and was the defensive backfield coach in 1991-95.

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