Defensive & Special Teams Assistant
Eddie Brown enters his second season with the Toronto Argonauts, after spending 2013 as the club’s Defensive Backs Coach. During his playing career, he won three championships in the Arena Football League, been named an MVP for each of the three teams he’s played for and even had a trophy named after him. He did it all while playing both wide receiver and defensive back. For the past six seasons he has served in various coaching positions for the Grand Valley State Lakers of the GLIAC Conference in the NCAA. While there, he took charge of the defensive line in 2008, then defensive backs in 2009, and the running backs in 2007 and again from 2010 until 2012. Brown’s coaching career started at Mansfield University, in 2005, where he spent two seasons as a Defense Backs Coach alongside current Argos’ head coach Scott Milanovich.
During his coaching tenure at Grand Valley State, Brown had success coaching all three of the positions he was assigned. In 2007, while coaching running backs, the Lakers’ offence ranked in the top three in six separate categories in the GLIAC. In 2008, his defensive line contributed to a defence that ranked top ten nationally in scoring. In 2009, the defensive backs intercepted 21 passes and knocked down an additional 30, all while ranking 15th nationally in scoring. He returned his focus to running backs for the 2010 season and then led the unit to a 15th place ranking in the nation in rushing, then first in the GLIAC in rushing in 2011, and finally first in the Conference for average yards per rush in 2012.
His best season as a player came during 1997, as a member of the New York City Hawks (AFL), when he hauled in 41 receptions for 573 yards and 14 touchdowns on offence, and added 60 tackles, six pass deflections and four interceptions on defence. As a member of the AFL’s Buffalo Destroyers he had the Big Hit Award named after him.
A Michigan man through and through, Brown was born in Muskegon, Michigan, played his college football at Grand Rapids Junior College, where he was a All-American running back, and at Michigan State, where he played wide receiver and defensive back winning the Big Ten Championship in 1990. He has spent the past six seasons at Grand Valley State, located in Allendale Charter Township in Michigan.
Brown and his wife Meisha (Mee-Sha) are the proud parents of NaTasha (26), Autumn (5) and Xavier (3).