The UConn Football Coaching Staff

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Don Brown, defensive coordinator, cornerbacks

Coaching highlights: Brown began at Dartmouth as an assistant coach in 1982 and became a head coach for the first time in 1993 at Plymouth State, where his teams went to the Division III playoffs twice in three years. ... Was defensive coordinator at UMass when the Minutemen won the FCS national title (1998) ... From 1999-2003 Brown was head coach at Northeastern, which reached the first round of the FCS playoffs in 2002. He became head coach at UMass in 2004 and took the team to the FCS championship game in 2006. Spent past two seasons as defensive coordinator at Maryland.

Personal: Brown and his wife Deborah have four children: Echo, Zachariah, Rana and Chelsea. They have three grandchildren: Lola, Piper and William.

What to expect from the defense under Brown: It will solve its on-field problems with aggression. That's Brown's motto, but organized chaos is how players describe the defense under their new defensive coordinator.

George DeLeone, offensive coordinator, tight ends

Coaching highlights: DeLeone began his coaching career after graduating from UConn in 1970. He spent the next five years as offensive line coach at Southern Connecticut before becoming the Owls' head coach from 1976-79. ... Joined Syracuse staff in 1985 as offensive line coach. In 1987 offensive coordinator was added to his title and he kept both until leaving the school in 1997 to join the NFL's San Diego Chargers as offensive line coach. ... Went back to Syracuse as defensive coordinator/linebackers coach in 1998, returned to offense in '99 as offensive coordinator/line coach. Assistant head coach was added to those responsibilities from 2001-04. ... Previous three seasons he was tight ends coach for Miami Dolphins.

Personal: DeLeone is the father of two boys, Andy and Mark, and is married to Barbara Ann Ward.

What to expect from the offense under DeLeone: Variety and imagination are two attributes that made DeLeone one of the most respected offensive coordinators in the game. He has a passion for teaching.

Clayton White, special teams coordinator, running backs

Coaching highlights: Got into coaching in 2003 as defensive backs coach at Sanderson (N.C) High. He spent the 2004 and '05 as a defensive backs/special teams assistant at Western Carolina and 2006 at Western Michigan in same position. ... At Stanford for three seasons as defensive backs coach, the past two with special teams assistant coaching duties. Last season he was the defensive backs coach and special teams co-coordinator at Western Kentucky.

Personal: White and his wife Kelly recently had a baby boy (Chase).

What to expect from special teams under White: That the return games won't skip a beat and the punt and kickoff return coverage teams improve.

Returning Coaches

Hank Hughes, assistant head coach, defensive line (11th season at UConn)

Matt Cersosimo, wide receivers, recruiting (sixth season)

Mike Foley, offensive line (sixth season)

Joe Moorhead, quarterbacks (third season)

Darrell Perkins, defensive backs (second season)

Jon Wholley, linebackers (second season)

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