Mack Brown, whose charismatic style and disciplined approach propelled the University of North Carolina to the Top Five and the University of Texas to the 2005 BCS National Championship, began his second stint as head coach in Chapel Hill on Nov. 27, 2018 with the goal of leading another Carolina resurgence.
A 42-year veteran of collegiate coaching, Brown has served as a head coach for 31 seasons with stops at Texas (1998-2013), North Carolina (1988-97, 2019), Tulane (1985-87), and Appalachian State (1983). Over his 31 seasons, Brown has posted a record of 251-128-1 (.662). Those 251 career victories rank ninth on the FBS all-time list and are the most among active coaches. The 2005 Paul W. “Bear” Bryant National Coach of the Year and the 2008 Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year, Brown is one of a handful of coaches in college football history to lead two separate programs to Top-Five national finishes.
In his first season back at the helm at North Carolina in 2019, Brown led the Tar Heels to a winning season and a resounding victory in the Military Bowl. The seven wins were two more than UNC had won in its previous two seasons combined (5) and the Heels won a bowl game for the first time since 2013. Carolina played close games seemingly all season. Its nine games decided by seven points or less were the most since 1936 and the Tar Heels’ six losses came by a total of just 26 points. Brown’s ‘19 UNC squad produced two NFL Draft picks, five NFL free-agent signees, 11 All-ACC honors and freshman QB Sam Howell was named ACC Offensive Rookie and Rookie of the Year before earning Freshman All-America honors.
Prior to returning to Carolina, Brown served as both a college football studio analyst and color analyst for ESPN.