The shaping of Greg Schiano‘s second first coaching staff in Piscataway has commenced in earnest.
A week after his official hiring and four days after he was formally (re)introduced, Schiano on Saturday announced that he has hired Francis Brown. The 38-year-old Brown, an elite recruiter in the New Jersey area, will serve as the Scarlet Knights’ co-defensive coordinator — Schiano is targeting Michigan linebackers coach Anthony Campanile as the other co-DC — as well as secondary coach.
Brown is the first defensive assistant hired by Schiano. The new head coach had previously confirmed that interim head coach Nunzio Campanile, who served as running backs coach prior to Chris Ash‘s dismissal, will be retained on the offensive side, albeit in a yet-to-be-specified role.
“Fran is a rising star in this business with tremendous expertise on the defensive side of the ball,” said Schiano. “Fran is a tireless worker and someone who truly cares about the people he’s around which are principles this program will be built on. The combination of hard work and love are what will make us successful and I’m excited to have Fran help us get there.”
Brown spent the 2019 season as the co-defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach at Temple. Prior to that, he was the defensive backs coach at Baylor in 2017 and 2018.