Browns Make Two Hirings Official

The Browns today made official what was known over the weekend as two more members of Eric Mangini's coaching staff are brought into the fold.

Here's the Browns' press release on the official hirings of two more coaches filling the dwindling number of vacancies on Eric Mangini's new coaching staff:

Browns Add Hagen, Brown To Coaching Staff

The Browns announced the additions of Steve Hagen and Gary Brown to the coaching staff on Monday. Hagen rejoins the Browns as the tight ends coach and brings 25 years of coaching experience to the club. Brown has been hired on as the running backs coach after serving in the college coaching ranks following an eight-year NFL playing career.

Hagen was the Browns tight ends coach (2001-03) and quarterbacks coach (2004) under former Browns head coach Butch Davis. Hagen spent the 2007-08 seasons under Davis at the University of North Carolina as the tight ends coach after one season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Fresno State. Hagen helped the Tar Heels to an 8-5 record in 2008 and a birth in the Meineke Bowl, their first bowl appearance in four years.

Prior to his work in the NFL, Hagen was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Cal from 1999-2000. He spent two seasons at San Jose State as quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator in 1997-98. He previously served as the head coach at Wartburg College (Iowa) in 1996, guiding the team to a 7-3 record and the No. 8 ranking in Division III in total offense.

Hagen served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at UNLV from 1994-95, a time in which the Rebels broke 20 offensive school records. From 1992-93, Hagen was the quarterbacks coach at Nevada. In that time, the Wolf Pack were among the nation's most productive offensive teams, leading the nation in total offense. Hagen spent the 1991 season as the quarterbacks coach at Kent State and in 1990 was a graduate assistant receivers coach under Lou Holtz at Notre Dame. He also held coaching positions at Northern Arizona, Illinois and Kansas from 1984-88.

Hagen was a wide receiver at Cal Lutheran from 1979-83, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in business.

Brown spent the 2008 season as the running backs coach at Rutgers, where he helped the Scarlet Knights to an 8-5 mark and a victory in the Bowl. Brown helped the running back trio of Kordell Young, Jourdan Brooks and Joe Martinek combine for 1,474 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns in 2008.

An eighth-round draft choice of the Houston Oliers in 1991, Brown played eight seasons in the NFL for the Oilers, Chargers and Giants. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards in a season twice, including 1,002 in 1993 en route to earning All-AFC honors with Houston. Following his retirement from the NFL, Brown moved into the coaching ranks as offensive coordinator at Williamsport Area (Penn.) High School from 2000-02, before moving to Lycoming College in the summer of 2003 as running backs coach.

Brown also coached running backs for the New York Giants in training camp in 2005, and then worked with the Green Bay Packers (2006) and Carolina Panthers (2007) as part of the NFL's Minority Coaching Fellowship program. He also coached tight ends at the Penn State Football Camp in June 2005.

Brown was a standout running back and defensive back at Penn State from 1987-90. In his first season in Happy Valley, Brown made an immediate impact, recording one of the 10 longest runs from scrimmage in program history with an 80-yard scamper against Syracuse. As a sophomore, he led the Nittany Lions in rushing yards and finished his career among the school's all-time leading rushers.

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