Beaumont native and former University of Texas quarterback James Brown is in his fourth season as the running backs coach at Lamar University.
Brown spent the majority of the previous six years playing professionally in NFL Europe and the Arena Football League after his standout career at Texas. He played for the Scottish Claymores in 2002 - the same time Woodard was the defensive coordinator - and led the Frankfurt Galaxy to the World Bowl title in 2003.
He played four years of arena football with Nashville, leading the Kats to the Arena Bowl in 2000 and 2001, a year with San Jose and a year with Georgia.
From 2003-05 he was the offensive coordinator at Hyde Park Baptist in Austin where the team reached the TAPPS state semifinals all three years.
He played for the CenTex Barracudas of the Intense Football League as a midseason replacement and led the team to a six wins in eight games and a spot in the league semifinals.
Brown was a four-year letterwinner at Texas and finished his career with 30 school records, including passing yards (7,638), total offense (8,049) and touchdown passes (53). In 1995 he became the first UT quarterback in 20 years to earn first-team All-Southwest Conference honors en route to leading the Longhorns to the final SWC championship, a 10-2-1 record, and a berth in the Sugar Bowl. He was also named SWC Offensive Player of the Year that season.
As a senior in 1996, he led the Longhorns to their first Big 12 Conference title with a win over Nebraska in the inaugural Big 12 Championship Game. He became a UT legend in that contest on a play called "Roll Left" with a 61-yard pass to tight end Derek Lewis that led to a Priest Holmes touchdown to clinch the game.
He earned his bachelor's degree in management from Texas in 2000 and is also a licensed real estate appraiser who has run an income tax business in the Austin area.
Brown graduated from West Brook HS in Beaumont in 1993 and was a two-sport star in football and basketball. The football program went 20-0 during his two seasons as a starter, while on the basketball court he became just the second tenth grader to play on the varsity team in school history.