March 8, 2002
Abbott Burrell, the highly successful defensive secondary coach at Brown, has been promoted to assistant head football coach in an announcement made by Bears' head coach Phil Estes.
"Abbott has been a tremendous asset to our football program and has been a loyal member of our staff for seven years," said Estes. "His outstanding knowledge of the game and exceptional organizational skills will be extremely effective in his new position."
Burrell has been coaching Brown's defensive secondary for the last four years, from 1998-2001, after coaching at Brown for three years, from 1994-1996, working with the defensive secondary for two years and the outside linebackers for a season. His 2001 secondary unit led the Ivy League in pass defense, yielding 191 yards a game.
Burrell, who is heavily involved in Brown football's community relations program, was an assistant coach at Bethune Cookman College in 1997 with responsibility for the defensive backs.
Burrell earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Connecticut in 1990 and was a four-year letterwinner and team captain as a senior. He first came to Brown from Wesleyan University where he coached wide receivers and assisted on special teams from 1992-1993. He also served as an assistant coach at Southern Connecticut State University, working with the defensive backs.
A native of Hamden, CT, Burrell attended Hamden High School. He played professional football for the French Professional Football League while also working as an assistant defensive backs and receivers coach.