Brown brings to WVU fun style of coaching

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — New West Virginia coach Neal Brown’s lighthearted approach to football is forever captured in a 2016 dance video at Troy.

Brown dabbed while his players and assistants showed off their moves in the video that was part of a spring competition among Troy athletic coaching staffs.

Brown’s squad won.

“My 10-year-old said I was way off,” Brown said Thursday at his introductory news conference at West Virginia. “That video was supposed to be shown one time at the awards ceremony and never come out of the vault again.

“It may be the most watched video in Troy football history.”

It’s that fun atmosphere that Brown holds dear and carries with him to Morgantown. He was hired last Saturday to replace Dana Holgorsen, who was named the coach at Houston.

“I just don’t want to be miserable,” Brown said. “I look at so many people in this profession, the pressure is high. But at the end of the day, we’re coaching football. C’mon, I’m around young people all day. I approach it that way. Let’s have fun. I think if you look at what Clemson’s done. There’s nobody having more fun than Dabo Swinney right now.”

Brown is bringing some of the fun with him. Troy defensive coordinator Vic Koenning will have the same role with the Mountaineers, and a few other assistant hires made by Brown will be announced once their contracts are signed.