Brown signs for six years to coach the Mountaineers

January 6, 2019 GMT

CHARLESTON — West Virginia University officially announced Neal Brown as its new football coach Saturday morning.

Brown, 38, comes to WVU from Troy University of the Sun Belt Conference to replace Dana Holgorsen, who left West Virginia this week to be the new coach at the University of Houston.

WVU and Brown agreed to a six-year, $19.05 million contract that makes Brown the highest-paid of the Big 12 Conference’s four new head coaches at $3.125 million per year.

“I am excited that Neal Brown and his family have decided to call West Virginia University their next home,” WVU athletic director Shane Lyons said in a release from the school. “When I started this national search, I learned very quickly that he checked all the boxes of what I was looking for in our next football coach. There is no question that the Mountaineers are West Virginia’s team, and I know our fans are going to love his energy, passion, work ethic and excitement that he is going to bring to our program.


“I look forward to working together and supporting him and his staff to bring championships to Morgantown.”

Brown emerged from a group of candidates including Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell and WVU defensive coordinator Tony Gibson. Word of his hiring was widely-reported Friday afternoon with West Virginia making the deal official on Saturday.

“West Virginia has a long and successful history,” Brown said in the release from WVU. “I am looking forward to adding to that great tradition and strengthening our place in the Big 12 Conference and nationally.

“We will work hard, play hard and do things the right way to make the people from the great state of West Virginia proud of their program. That will be a foundational element of our culture. I can’t wait to meet our team and get to work!”

The date and time of Brown’s introductory press conference at WVU have not yet been announced.

“I am excited that Neal Brown and his family have decided to call West Virginia University their next home.”

Shane Lyons

WVU athletic director