(WBIR) Even though the Super Bowl was a loss for Peyton Manning, it was a win for a former UT interim head coach and local football star.
Monroe County native Kippy Brown has added a Super Bowl win to his career. The Sweetwater native joined the Seahawks' staff as wide receivers coach in 2010. This is Brown's seventh NFL team in a coaching career spanning 36 years, including 14 years in the collegiate ranks, according to his profile on the Seattle Seahawk's website.
A month before Kiffin abruptly left Tennessee for USC in 2009, Brown joined the Volunteers as its wide receivers/passing game coordinator. He was then named Tennessee's interim head coach after Kiffin's departure. UT picked Derrick Dooley over Brown for head coach. He then joined the Seahawks' coaching staff.
Before his coaching days, Brown was a star athlete at Sweetwater High School where he won two State Championship titles.
King Berrong, former Sweetwater High School football coach, said Brown the was a natural coach.
"I'd get mad at them sometimes. I'd look up and Kippy would be leading them around the field running," Berrong told 10News in 2010.
Brown began his coaching career at Memphis State University (now University of Memphis), where he served as running backs coach and wide receivers coach. He then went to the University of Louisville as wide receivers coach. Brown then returned to East Tennessee as an assistant under Johnny Majors from 1983-1989. He also returned to Knoxville for one season in 1994.
Past NFL teams he coached with include the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Miami Dolphins, the Green Bay Packers, the Houston Texans, and the Detroit Lions.