Motivation | Personal Development | Sports | Teamwork
Mack Brown's remarkable record as a head coach has seen success at every level, including the rare accomplishment of building Top Five programs at two different schools. One of a handful of coaches in the history of college football to pull off that double, his formula is built on a rock-solid, attacking defense and a pro-style offense combined with a team-first family philosophy. His "one heartbeat" belief of developing talent and leadership within a family atmosphere has established a consistency of success matched by few.
Establishing stability has been a trademark of Coach Brown's career, highlighted by his success at the University of North Carolina (UNC) and the University of Texas (UT) during the last 18 seasons. As a result, he was tabbed the Bear Bryant National Coach of the Year in 2005.
Coach Brown was hired as the 28th head coach in the storied history of Texas football in December 1997. He immediately developed a plan of attack, hiring a staff of veteran coaches who had familiarity with the Southwest. He has worked to keep the foundation of that group intact and linked tradition with winning, education and entertainment. He has brought enthusiasm back to the UT program. His down-home wit and wisdom are clearly energetic, thoughtful, engaging and enthusiastic. Coach Brown rapidly invigorated the mood and spirit of the UT faithful and hasn't missed a beat since.
An enthusiastic supporter of tradition, Coach Brown is just as passionate in his appreciation of high school coaches, a group he treats with the utmost respect. He invites every high school staff to visit UT practices and has rapidly built powerful bonds in that community. UT's high school coaches' clinic has gone from a couple hundred coaches prior to his arrival to more than a thousand and become one of the state's most popular spring events.
In eight seasons, Coach Brown's Longhorns squads have featured a Heisman Trophy winner and runner-up, two Maxwell Award winners, two Doak Walker Award winners, a Butkus, Nagurski, and Thorpe Award winner, 30 All-Americans, 46 first- team All-Big 12 selections, three Big 12 Offensive Players of the Year, three Big 12 Defensive Players of the Year and nine Big 12 Freshman of the Year honorees.
In Mack Brown's 22 years as a head coach, the NFL has drafted 70 of his student- athletes, and he has had a player selected in 20 straight drafts. He has had 13 players (nine from UT/four from UNC) selected in the first round in the last eight drafts. He has had 66 of his players drafted by the NFL in his last 17 seasons as a head coach and 48 of those selections have come in the first four rounds.
With all of the success on the field, the primary emphasis has remained the same with Coach Brown's squads--maintaining a high level of achievement in the classroom and in the community. Eighty percent of his players at North Carolina received their degrees, and while he has maintained a similar pace at Texas, more than a third of his players at Texas have regularly earned 3.0 grade point averages and achieved spots on the Big 12 Commissioner's and Athletics Director's honor rolls. His life skills program features numerous seminars to prepare student-athletes for life after football, while Longhorns players make countless visits to area children's hospitals and serve as tutors and mentors at schools across Austin.
One of the most respected coaches in the college game, Mack Brown has served on numerous national committees. Currently, he is a member of the NCAA Football Rules Committee and the NCAA Football Issues Committee. He has been chairman of the Football Coaches' Committee and a member of the Board of Directors of the College Football Association. A past member of the American Football Coaches Association's (AFCA) Ethics Committee, he also has served on the AFCA Public Relations Committee. He has been invited to coach in five postseason all-star games, including the Japan Bowl, Hula Bowl (twice) and East- West Shrine Game (twice).
In Austin, the Brown family continues to be active in community affairs, serving as honorary co-chairpersons of the Capital Campaign for the Helping Hands of Austin. They have been instrumental in the opening of The Rise School of Austin (an early childhood education program that integrates children who have disabilities with their typically developing peers) and serve on the school's Board of Directors.
The Browns recently endorsed a new Texas license plate, which is designed to raise public awareness for child abuse and neglect and the need for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers. After the Bonfire tragedy at Texas A&M in 1999, the couple initiated a blood drive on the UT campus that attracted more than 250 blood donors.