WILKES-BARRE – As the quarterbacks' coach/special teams' coordinator at Muhlenberg
College in Allentown, Trey Brown was instrumental in helping the Mules program to one Centennial Conference championship, one NCAA Division III National Playoff berth and two ECAC South Atlantic bids. Brown will now have the opportunity to run his own program as he has been named the new head football coach at Wilkes University.
Wilkes director of athletics Addy Malatesta announced Tuesday the selection of Brown to pilot the Colonels following the conclusion of an extensive search process. Brown has proven he can transform any offense into a high-octane unit, while mentoring talented student-athletes at a host of highly-regarded academic and athletic institutions.
"I have always aspired to be a head coach and when the position came open at Wilkes I grew excited," Brown said. "I felt Wilkes University had a lot of the same qualities and beliefs that I have developed in the past 16 years of coaching. I felt Wilkes understood what it meant to be a student-athlete, and the expectations that come with that. I was also impressed with the football tradition, and was excited to enhance and strengthen the tradition for years to come. I am very fortunate and incredibly honored to have this opportunity," he added.
Brown comes to Wilkes after four years serving as the quarterbacks and special teams' coordinator at Muhlenberg. In his role with the Mules, Brown was responsible for coaching the quarterbacks, wide receivers, and special teams as well as the installation of the pass game.
Last season, Muhlenberg averaged over 417 yards of offense per-game and over 37 points per-contest under the passing attack of Brown. He coached the 2013 Centennial Conference Freshman of the Year in quarterback Nick Palladino as well as mentoring the third most prolific passer in career yardage (5,000 passing yards and 1,200 rushing yards) in conference history in Dan Deighan.
Prior to his time at Muhlenberg, Brown spent four seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Lehigh University. The Mountain Hawk offense scored 30 or more points 15 times during his tenure and led the Patriot League in scoring in 2006, when its quarterback was named to the All-Patriot League first team.
Brown coordinated an offense that averaged 32.3 points in league games in 2008 and 27.3 points in 2009. Lehigh scored more than 80 percent of the time it reached the Red Zone both seasons, including a Patriot League-best 87.9-percent efficiency in 2008.
Before coming to the Lehigh Valley, Brown spent one year with the tight ends and four with the wide receivers at the University of Pennsylvania, where he coached the two most prolific receivers in program history. The Quakers were a combined 40-9 during Brown's stint and won Ivy League championships in 2002 and 2003, scoring over 40 points per-game on offense.
Prior to his arrival at Penn, Brown spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Stanford University. Brown was part of the 1999 staff named the coaching staff of the year by the Pacific-10 conference after that squad captured a Pac 10 title. The Cardinal boasted an offense that was recognized in the top 10 nationally, and the team appeared in the 2000 Rose Bowl.
A native of Longmont, Colorado, Brown earned his bachelor's in Marketing from the University of Colorado in 1993 before earning his master's degree in Health and Physical Education and Recreation from Saint Mary's College of California in 2003.
"First and foremost, I want to meet with the team and start setting the foundation with expectations and relationship building," Brown stated. "I want to then meet with the current coaches, get to know them and have them familiarize me with the status of this year's recruiting and go forward with selecting and securing our 2014 class. Next, and importantly, I want to become more familiar with the Wilkes community on campus and off, including getting to know the alumni as they are vital to our program," he added.
Brown follows Frank Sheptock, the school's all-time winningest coach (107-81), who stepped down in mid-January after 18 years at the helm of the Colonel program. Brown becomes the eighth head coach since the startup of the program in 1946 (68 years). Brown begins his duties at Wilkes this week.