Francis Brown is in his first season at Baylor since arriving with head coach Matt Rhule following six seasons at Temple. Brown, a talented recruiter, is the assistant head coach and works with the Bears defensive backs.
He served his final four seasons at Temple under Rhule and defensive coordinator Phil Snow, coaching the Owls cornerbacks. He added the title of associate head coach prior to the 2016 season at TU.
Last year, Brown helped former receiver Nate Hairston complete his transition to starting defensive back at Temple. Following his senior season, Hairston earned invites to the 2017 Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine.
In 2015, Brown's squad of corners was led by Tavon Young and Sean Chandler. Chandler was a second-team All-AAC selection who totaled four interceptions and two TD returns. Young went on to be a fourth round draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens in the 2016 NFL Draft.
In 2014, Brown's unit shined due to the play of Young and Chandler. Young earned All-AAC honors with four interceptions and a conference-best 153 return yards. The secondary helped Temple's defense decrease passing yards allowed by more than 100 per game from the 2013 season (186.9 from 298.6). Passing touchdowns decreased from 24 to nine.
Brown was named a top recruiter in the AAC by Rivals.com in 2014, in part because of his recruitment of Chandler. The 2015 class included four-star recruit Kareem Ali from Timber Creek High School in Pennsauken, N.J.
Brown served as a defensive graduate assistant during the 2012 season, and he spent 2011 working as the assistant director of internal operations. He was in charge of player development and community service projects.
Prior to moving to the collegiate level at Temple, Brown coached the defensive backs at Paul VI High School in Haddonfield, N.J. The New Jersey native also worked as a football trainer at Nexxt Level Sports in 2009-10, training South Jersey athletes, and helped with several area summer camps.
Brown received his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Western Carolina in 2006. Playing under assistant head coach Rhule, the team captain was a 2005 All-SoCon first-team honoree at cornerback for the Catamounts.
Following graduation, Brown had two short stays with the Cincinnati Bengals during the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
Brown was a three-time all-conference quarterback at Camden High School, setting a then-school record with 47 touchdown passes. He married his high school sweetheart, Teara, and they have two children, Francis Jr. and Brayden.