Defensive Line Coach
CFL: 4th season
Stamps: 4th season
Brown returns to Calgary and is in his fourth season as the Stampeders’ defensive line coach, having previously held that position from 2008-10.
During his first stint with the Stampeders, Brown was part of a defensive staff that oversaw a unit that allowed the fewest points in the CFL in 2008 and was top-three in that category in all three seasons. The Stamps were the stingiest team against the run in 2008 on the way to winning a Grey Cup title and, led by West Division all-star Charleston Hughes, Calgary was tied for second in sacks in 2010.
Prior to joining the Stampeders, Brown coached for three seasons with the Cologne Centurions and the Frankfurt Galaxy in NFL Europe. The Galaxy went to the World Bowl in both of his seasons with the club, winning a championship in 2006. During that time, Brown was also a graduate assistant for two seasons at his alma mater, Virginia Tech.
Brown returned to Virginia Tech in 2011 and served as outside linebackers coach for five seasons. The Hokies went to a bowl game in each of his five seasons on staff. Brown then served as co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Norfolk State in 2016 before becoming defensive end coach at Marshall for four years (2017-20).
In 2021, he was the defensive line coach at Tarleton State.
As a player, Brown started four years for the Hokies and recorded 36 sacks during his career. He was the Big East Defensive Player of the Year in 1995 and a two-time All-American. His jersey has been retired by Virginia Tech and he is a member of the Virginia Tech Athletics and the Virginia Sports halls of fame.
In the pros, Brown was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens and also played for the Oakland Raiders. Brown played seven seasons in the NFL, dressing for 108 games and recording 147 tackles, seven sacks and three forced fumbles. He was a member of the Ravens’ Super Bowl XXXV championship team.
Born in Englewood, N.J., and raised in Lynchburg, Va., Brown graduated from Virginia Tech with an undergraduate degree in consumer studies in 1997 and a master’s degree in academics in 2006.
Cornell Brown’s Coaching History
2005 – Cologne Centurions (NFL Europe) – Linebackers Coach
2006-07 – Frankfurt Galaxy (NFL Europe) – Defensive Line Coach
2006-07 – Virginia Tech (NCAA) – Graduate Assistant
2008-2010 – Calgary Stampeders (CFL) – Defensive Line Coach
2011-15 – Virginia Tech (NCAA) – Outside Linebackers Coach
2016 – Norfolk State (NCAA) – Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach
2017-20 – Marshall (NCAA) – Defensive End Coach
2021 – Tarleton State (NCAA) – Defensive Line Coach
2022 – Calgary Stampeders (CFL) – Defensive Line Coach