Tuesday's Practice Report
Football Assistants Signed Thru 2014
Former Southern Miss assistant Grady Brown begins his second year in Columbia, after joining the Carolina coaching staff on February 3, 2012. Brown serves as the Gamecocks' secondary coach and assistant special teams coordinator.
During his first season with the Gamecocks, Brown mentored senior safety D.J. Swearinger, who captured second-team All-SEC honors. Safety T.J. Gurley earned a spot on the SEC All-Freshman squad despite missing part of the season with a knee injury.
Brown spent the past two seasons as the Golden Eagles' cornerbacks coach. During the 2011 campaign, Southern Miss was No. 7 nationally in pass efficiency defense (108.47 rating) and set an NCAA record for interceptions returned for touchdowns with eight. As a unit, the Golden Eagle defense finished the season as a Top-30 defense. In his first year at USM, Brown, who was hired just prior to the start of fall camp, quickly instilled a toughness and physicality into his corners that amounted to a pair of freshman being selected to the All-Freshman squad.
Brown came to Southern Miss after spending the previous year and a half working in the strength & conditioning area and assisting as a defensive intern at LSU, where he helped tutor NFL third-round pick Chad Jones and free agent signees Danny McCray and Chris Hawkins.
Brown went to LSU after working a season at Texas Southern where he was the safeties coach and also the community outreach liaison.
His arrival to TSU came after a six-year stint as the secondary coach at Alabama State. While at ASU, the Hornets' defense finished ranked in the Top 10 nationally in six team categories and once for an individual. In his first season at ASU, Brown mentored Antoine Hill who finished third in the country in interceptions with 10, while the squad ranked seventh in both turnovers gained and interceptions. The team won the Southwestern Athletic Conference crown in 2003 and then the league's overall title in 2004, in which his defensive squad ranked seventh in turnovers gained and ninth in rushing defense.
During his time at ASU, Brown served two NFL Minority Coaching Internships, first with the Seattle Seahawks in 2004, then with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2007. He also served as the defensive coordinator and linebacker coach for the Magnolia All-Star Football Classic in 2005.
Brown began his coaching career in 2000 at his alma mater, Alabama A&M, before being promoted to the rank of a full-time assistant coach for the 2001 campaign. After completing his high school career at Wenonah High School in Birmingham, Ala., Brown played defensive back for Alabama A&M from 1995 through 1998. After his senior season, he played one season with the Tennessee Valley Vipers in the Arena Football League.
Brown, 35, graduated from Alabama A&M with a degree in mathematics education in 2000. He is married to Rashidah Brown.