PISCATAWAY, N.J. (December 18, 2013) – Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood announced Wednesday that Mitch Browning has joined the coaching staff as offensive line coach. Browning will attend practice today in preparation for the December 28 New Era Pinstripe Bowl versus Notre Dame.
“Mitch has shown throughout his distinguished career he can both recruit and develop players,” said Flood. “He was one of the architects of a historic Big Ten rushing attack at Minnesota.”
He has 34 years of coaching experience overall, including stops at six BCS programs and appearances in 11 bowl games (seven in 10 years at Minnesota).
Browning spent 10 years as an assistant at Minnesota from 1997-2006, including sevenyears as the offensive line coach. He came to Minnesota after spending nineyears as an assistant coach at Kansas (1988-96). He was part of two Kansas teams that finished in the Top 25.
Browning was a finalist for the Frank Broyles Award in 2003, which is presented annually to the nation’s top assistant coach. In 2003, Browning was co-offensive coordinator at Minnesota as the Golden Gophers set a school and Big Ten record of 6,430 yards of total offense. Minnesota finished the 2003 campaign with 3,789 yards rushing (fourth-best total at the time in Big Ten history) and scored 503 points (sixth-best total at the time in Big Ten history).
In 2005, Minnesota became first team in Big Ten history to post three consecutive 3,000-yard rushing seasons and the first team in NCAA history to have two 1,000-yard rushers in three consecutive seasons. The Golden Gophers led the Big Ten in rushing offense, total offense and scoring offense, placing second nationally in rushing offense and fifth in total offense.
In 2004, the Golden Gophers led the Big Ten in rushing and scoring. Before arriving in Minnesota, the Gophers ranked 11th in rushing offense and ninth in total offense in the conference. Through continued improvement, Minnesota finished first in both categories in 2003 and broke virtually every offensive record in school history as the Big Ten’s top offense.
Browning has recruited 20 players during his career that played in the NFL, including first round draft picks Dana Stubblefield and Laurence Maroney.
Browning comes to Rutgers after spending 2013 as assistant head coach at Davidson University, coaching the offensive line and tight ends.
Browning coached the offensive line at Akron for two years (2010-11) before coaching the running backs and tight ends at Ashland University in 2012. Ashland earned its best ranking in school history in 2012 (No. 4).
He also spent one year as offensive coordinator at Syracuse in 2008 and one season at Tennessee in 2009 as the Vols’ co-offensive line coach.
Browning is a native of Perrysville, Ohio. He is married to the former Jane Grey Baldwin.
The Browning File
Hometown: Perrysville, Ohio
Alma Mater: Capital University, 1979
The Road to RU
2013 Davidson (assistant head coach/offensive line/tight ends)
2012 Ashland (running backs/tight ends)
2010-11 Akron (offensive line)
2009 Tennessee (co-offensive line)
2008 Syracuse (offensive coordinator/tight ends/tackles)
2005-06 Minnesota (offensive coordinator/tight ends/tackles)
2000-04 Minnesota (co-offensive coordinator/tight ends/tackles)
1999 Minnesota (tight ends/tackles)
1997-98 Minnesota (tight ends/recruiting coordinator)
1995-96 Kansas (tight ends/recruiting coordinator)
1991-94 Kansas (outside linebackers)
1988-90 Kansas (defensive backs)
1985-87 Kent State (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks/tight ends)
1983-84 Kent State (quarterbacks/wide receivers)
1982 Ohio State (graduate assistant/wide receivers)
1980-81 NC State (part-time assistant/wide receivers)
1979 Miami of Ohio (graduate assistant/defensive backs)