It certainly didn't take long for ShaDon Brown to make his mark on the Colorado football program.

Hired as CU's secondary coach on Jan. 26, Brown was on a plane for Dallas the next day, given the assignment to make sure one of CU's top recruits, cornerback Chris Miller, wouldn't sign elsewhere.

On Wednesday, Miller signed his letter of intent with the Buffs, making Brown's first task at CU a success.

Brown, 37, hopes it is the first of many successes he enjoys at CU, as he embarks on his first opportunity to coach at a Power 5 conference school.

"It's been an unbelievable first week," Brown said on Thursday following the Colorado Football Signing Day Celebration at the Denver Sheraton hotel. "I'm so excited about being here in Boulder and working with this staff, especially (head coach Mike MacIntyre). The things I heard about him prior to taking this opportunity were awesome. I can't wait to get started to work with the defensive backs here and get rolling in spring football."

Brown coached the cornerbacks at Army this past season, his first at the Football Bowl Subdivision level. Despite having a pair of true freshman play a bulk of the season at corner, Army ranked sixth nationally in passing yards allowed (170.2 per game) and 17th in pass efficiency defense (115.11 rating).


Prior to Army, Brown coached five seasons at Wofford and has also coached high school football during his career.

Brown landed in Boulder thanks to some glowing recommendations. He didn't know MacIntyre or new CU defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot before last month, but both heard about Brown from others.

A good friend of Brown is Marcus Woodson, the defensive backs coach at Memphis. Woodson was recruited to Ole Miss as a player by MacIntyre, played for MacIntyre for four seasons there, and then recommended Brown to his old coach.

Eliot was given a recommendation from LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, who worked with Brown during the summer of 2015, when Brown was an intern with the NFL's Carolina Panthers.

"I then came in and interviewed and coach Mac offered me the job and it's a match made in heaven," Brown said.

CU has had separate coaches for the cornerbacks and safeties during MacIntyre's tenure, so having Brown handle both positions will be new, but Brown said he's eager for that challenge.

"I believe in having a secondary that you work together," said Brown, who has coached both safeties and corners during his career at separate times. "The secondary has to work together like a well-oiled machine. When I was coaching one or the other, we still worked together quite a bit."

Brown will be aided by a graduate assistant, as well as MacIntyre, who is respected in coaching circles as a top-notch defensive backs coach.

"I've got coach Mac who will always be standing around the secondary, which is good for me, good for my development," Brown said. "From the people that I know in the NFL that know him, it's been good. I thought it was a good career move for me to work with a guy like him."

It's also a great move to get to a Power 5 conference such as CU, which won the Pac-12 South division last season.

"It's unbelievable," he said. "It's a career step up for me, obviously."

It's not a step he is daunted to take, either. While it is a higher level of football than he's used to, it's still football.

"Everybody starts somewhere," he said. "This is my first Power 5 job, but coaching is coaching. It's mentoring the guys, it's loving them, it's teaching them and giving them tools to be better and then going out there and making plays and having fun when they do it."

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