After interviewing a few local high school coach candidates, Miami dipped into their former championship pool to hire their new running backs coach.
When the news broke that Terry Richardson would be heading off to the NFL to join Fisch with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Canes fans immediately started clamoring for Don Soldinger to be his replacement. While there are plenty of fantastic reasons for him to become the next RB coach at The U, it appears Miami may be going down a different, albeit in some ways similar path.
The AP broke the news that current Senior Football Operations Coordinator Hurlie Brown would be named the next running backs coach at The U. This is a great hire, as Brown has not only won titles with Miami and served as a graduate assistant, but he has also cut his teeth in the coaching world with both FIU and Louisiana-Lafayette. His playing career outside of Miami, where he played under Jimmy Johnson and Dennis Erickson, was mainly in the CFL. Here's a brief overview of his tenure outside of the gridiron:
| BROWN FILE
|Hometown|| Merritt Island, Fla.
|Education|| Miami, 1992
| COACHING EXPERIENCE
|1992|| Graduate Assistant, Miami
|1998||Defensive Backs, Dillard HS|
|1999-2001|| Special Teams Coordinator/DBs, Merritt Island HS
|2001-06||Defensive Backs, FIU|
|2006-10||Secondary Coach, Louisiana-Lafayette|
|2011-13||Senior Football Operations Coordinator, Miami|
|BOWL EXPERIENCE, COACH (1)|
|1992||Orange Bowl (Miami)|
|BOWL EXPERIENCE, PLAYER (4)|
|1988||Orange Bowl (Miami)|
|1989||Orange Bowl (Miami)|
|1990||Sugar Bowl (Miami)|
|1991||Cotton Bowl (Miami)|
|Coached fourth-best pass defense in nation in 2006 (FIU)|
|Won two national titles under Jimmy Johnson and Dennis Erickson|
Courtesy of HurricaneSports
The pedigree is certainly there, and it is clear that the man can coach. He also is walking in to a pretty easy situation, given that his number one position player is Duke Johnson. Hurlie has paid his dues to both Miami and the coaching world, and is extremely deserving of the job. Congrats, Coach Brown!