Steve Brown
Steve Brown

Co-Defensive Coordinator, Defensive Backs

2nd Year

Now in his ninth season on the Kentucky staff, Steve Brown serves as codefensive coordinator and defensive backs coach.

Brown has been coordinating the UK defense since 2007 and the Wildcats have significantly decreased points and yardage allowed.

From 2007-10, UK allowed 24.6 points per game, the best four-year stretch of scoring defense in 17 years, since 1990-93. Also from 2007-10, the UK defense allowed 357.5 yards per game, the best four-year stretch of total defense in 20 years, since 1987-90.

On a national basis, UK's scoring defense has improved from 99th in the nation in 2006 (the year before Brown became coordinator) to as low as 35th in the country (2008). The Wildcats' total yardage allowed has moved from 118th to as low as 40th (2008) in the same time span.

UK has had at least one first-team All-SEC defender each season under Brown's guidance. Cornerback Trevard Lindley was named second-team All-America and ranks among the all-time Southeastern Conference leaders in pass breakups. He is now in his second season with the Philadelphia Eagles.

In Brown's four years as coordinator, 12 Wildcat defensive players have gone on to the National Football League.

Prior to being elevated to defensive coordinator, Brown was the defensive backs coach from 2003-06 under former head coach Rich Brooks.

As a 14-year playing and coaching veteran of the National Football League, and as a former player and coach under Brooks, Brown had been an obvious choice to join the Kentucky coaching staff in 2003.

During Brown's term as DBs coach, safety Muhammad Abdullah was named second-team All-Southeastern Conference for three consecutive years (2003-05). In addition, cornerback Antoine Huffman set the Kentucky career record for pass breakups (now broken by Lindley).

In 2006, safety Marcus McClinton was one of the nation's leaders in generating turnovers with four interceptions and five fumbles caused.

Brooks and Brown first became acquainted during the collegiate recruiting process, when Brown went to Oregon to play for the Ducks. He was a four-year letterman from 1979-82 as a defensive back and kick returner. He was a four-year choice as All-Pacific 10, first team as a senior, second team as a junior, and honorable mention as a freshman and sophomore. He played in the Hula Bowl following his senior year.

Brown was a third-round draft pick by the Houston Oilers in 1983. He played eight years for the Oilers (1983-90) as a cornerback and kick returner. He was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team by Pro Football Weekly in 1983 and was chosen the AFC Defensive Player of the Week in the `85 season. Houston advanced to the playoffs in each of his final four seasons. He joined the San Francisco 49ers in 1991 but retired because of injury.

After three years in private business, Brown returned to football when Brooks hired him for the coaching staff of the St. Louis Rams. Brown was a defensive assistant in 1995. He was promoted to cornerbacks coach in 1996-97, then was given responsibility for the entire secondary from 1998-2000.

In the 1999 season, the Rams intercepted 29 passes, the fourth-highest total in franchise history, and Todd Lyght became the first Rams defensive back to earn a Pro Bowl berth in 10 years. The season was capped with a 23-16 win over Tennessee in the 2000 Super Bowl. St. Louis also qualified for the playoffs following the 2000 season.

When Brooks called Brown again, this time to join the coaching staff at Kentucky, Brown was eager to rejoin his former coach.

Brown and his wife, Michele, have two sons, Cole and Jared. Brown graduated from Oregon with a degree in English literature.

NFL Playing Experience

1983-90 Houston Oilers (NFL) Cornerback, four playoffs

Coaching Experience

1995 St. Louis Rams (NFL) Assistant Coach (Defensive Assistant)
1996-97 St. Louis Rams (NFL) Assistant Coach (Cornerbacks)
1998-2000 St. Louis Rams (NFL) Assistant Coach (Secondary)
two playoffs, one Super Bowl championship
2003-06 Kentucky Assistant Coach (Defensive Backs), one bowl game
2007-10 Kentucky Assistant Coach (Defensive Coordinator), four bowl games
2011-present Kentucky Assistant Coach (Co-defensive Coordinator, defensive backs)
2015 National Signing Day Commonwealth Stadium