BuffStampede.com was first to report last Wednesday that ShaDon Brown was expected to join Colorado's staff as a defensive backs coach. And on Sunday, he confirmed his move to Boulder on Twitter.
The cornerbacks coach at Army in 2016, Brown came on the Buffaloes' radar initially via a recommendation by LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, one of the most respected defensive minds in college football. Colorado did interview multiple candidates before getting serious with Brown.
"ShaDon is an excellent secondary coach who brings knowledge of the 3-4 defense that they ran at Army and is a perfect fit for what we've been doing here at Colorado," head coach Mike MacIntyre said in a released statement. "I'm excited about ShaDon working with our secondary and helping us continuing to have one of the top pass defenses in the country."
Prior to coaching at Army, the now 37-year old Brown served as a defensive backs coach at Wofford for five season. He spent the summer of 2015 working as a defensive backs intern in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers, and earlier during his career he was the head coach at Rowan County High School in Kentucky.
Army finished sixth nationally in passing yards allowed and 17th in team passing efficiency defense in 2016 after finishing 48th and 98th respectively in those two categories before Brown started helping coach the Black Knights' secondary. Brown lost four players out of his two-deep at Army last fall, with three suffering season-ending injuries and the fourth passing away in a car accident in early September.
"I'm excited to be there, happy to be on staff that has a head coach who is well respected around the country like Coach MacIntyre," Brown said. "I feel like this is a program very similar to where I came from, it's on the rise, and I'm excited to work with the guys here, high character guys that love playing the game of football. I'm excited about coming on staff with who I've heard nothing but good things about as a person and as a football coach and I'm excited to get going and win a Pac-12 Championship."
His family includes wife Rhonda, daughter Shaelyn and sons Braylon and Keenan.
Colorado announced Joe Tumpkin's resignation from the Buffaloes' staff on Friday, so Mike MacIntyre still has one more assistant coaching vacancy to fill on his staff.