Updated: Feb 16, 2021
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Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette confirmed a report from yesterday that the Steelers hired University of Houston cornerbacks coach Grady Brown to be their secondary coach. Matt Zenitz, a senior SEC reporter for Al.com, reported yesterday that the Steelers were expected to hire Brown to work with their defensive backs group. Brown is a veteran coach who has also been a defensive backs coach at South Carolina and Louisville.
The defensive backs coach position was the only vacant spot on Mike Tomlin's staff after Tom Bradley didn't get his contract renewed after the 2020 season.
According to the University of Houston athletics page, head coach Dana Holgorsen announced Brown as the cornerbacks coach on Feb. 8. Why Brown less than a week with the Houston program is currently unclear. The opportunity with the Steelers could have been something that he just couldn't pass on.
Brown previously was the defensive coordinator at McNeese State. Before arriving at McNeese, he spent 2019 at Old Dominion as the co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach.
Brown has also coached at LSU, Southern Mississippi, Birmingham Southern, Texas Southern, Alabama State and Alabama A&M.