Miami Northwestern announced the hiring of former Arena Football League standout and local star Eddie Brown as its new coach.
Brown, a longtime Arena Football League standout and former wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, was a local standout at rival Miami Central and has several family ties to the Northwestern community.
Brown is also the father of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown.
Brown replaces Stephen Field, who stepped down earlier this month and took a job as coach at Citra North Marion near Ocala.
“It’s a great opportunity without a doubt,” Brown said. “The Miami Northwestern program speaks for itself. We know we have a lot of work ahead to get us back to the top.”
Brown, a one-time Arena League MVP, coached the past four seasons at Wyandotte High in Kansas City (Kan.) and prior to that at Fort Scott Community College, where he coached future NFL players Jason Pierre-Paul and Levonte David, a Northwestern alumnus. In 2006, Brown was honored as the Arena League’s all-time best player.
Brown, 44, played for the Cardinals in 1991 and 1992 after playing at Louisiana Tech.
Brown’s father played football at Northwestern and his uncle, Terrell Roberson, was the first scholarship basketball player for the University of Miami upon the program’s reinstatement in 1985.
Brown inherits a Northwestern team that went 5-5 last season and missed the playoffs for the second time in three seasons.
“We have to be one team and one family heading in one direction,” Brown said. “We have to instill the discipline on the field and in the classroom. I truly believe if the kids can do the little things right in the classroom that it will work itself out on the field. We want to just get better and be a fundamentally-sound team and play fast.”
Brown said he will meet with the Northwestern players Monday.
“Now is the time we have to start conducting ourselves as champions,” Brown said. “We all have to get on the same page.”