Dec. 15, 2003
Providence, Rhode Island - Sixth-year Brown University head football coach Phil Estes, who guided the Bears to a second place finish in the Ivy standings in 2003, has agreed to a multi-year contract extension to remain the head coach of the Bears.
Estes's six-year career .610 winning percentage makes him the most successful head football coach at Brown since Edward North Robinson completed his 24-year coaching career in 1925 with a .624 winning percentage. Estes has posted a 36-23 overall record in six years at Brown, including a 26-16 Ivy League mark (.619).
Estes was the second coach in Brown history to capture the Ivy title, winning the championship in 1999. He also placed second in the Ivy standings twice (1998, 2003), finished third two times (2000, 2001) and placed sixth (2002).
Perhaps his finest coaching work came in 2003 when he rallied Brown from a 1-4 start to finish with a 5-5 mark, winning four of his last five games. The only setback in that stretch came in a three-point loss to Penn (24-21), the unbeaten Ivy champions.
In six years at Brown, Estes has developed four different Walter Payton Award Finalists - wide receivers Sean Morey, Stephen Campbell and Chas Gessner, and quarterback James Perry. His squads have featured all-time Brown leaders for a game, season and career in all major offensive categories (rushing, passing and receiving). In 2003, Estes help develop sophomore runningback Nick Hartigan, who set a single season Brown record with 1,498 rushing yards, fourth best in Ivy League history and the most ever by an Ivy League sophomore.
Nationally recognized as an outstanding offensive strategists, Estes was the fastest coach in Ivy League history to have his team score 1,000 points, scoring 1,022 points in his first 32 games as head coach, while averaging 31.9 points a game.
Estes' nine wins (9-1) in 1999 were the most since the 1926 Iron Men (9-0-1), while his 23 victories in his first three seasons, joins Bagnoli as the only coaches to win that often in their first three years since the official formation of the Ivy League back in 1956. Estes' 2000 team set an Ivy League record with 375 points, averaging 37.5 points per game.
Estes helped the Class of 2001 to become the most successful class in Brown football history, compiling a 30-10 mark, besting the 28 wins won by Brown teams from 1894 to 1897, and 1996 to 1999. The Brown Class of 2002 was just behind, posting a 29-10 four-year mark.
In 1999, Estes guided Brown to its second-ever Ivy League Championship and first title since 1976, leading the Bears to a 9-1 record and 6-1 Ivy mark, and posting the most wins for a Brown team since the 1926 Iron Men (9-0-1). Estes' squad finished the season with a seven-game winning streak, capturing 15 of its last 16 games over two years, and finished with a 25th place national ranking in The Sports Network Division I-AA Top 25 College Football Poll. Brown's 1999 team also set six team and 12 individual records, including team marks for most points in a season (324), touchdown passes in a season (27), single-season passing completion percentage (66.2% - 469 of 310), single game pass completions (42 vs. Princeton), first downs in a season (252), and average gain per play (5.9).
Phil Estes' Career Coaching Record: Year School Overall Record Ivy League Record 1998 Brown 7-3 5-2 (Second) 1999 Brown 9-1 6-1 (First) 2000 Brown 7-3 4-3 (Third) 2001 Brown 6-3 5-2 (Third) 2002 Brown 2-8 2-5 (Sixth) 2003 Brown 5-5 4-3 Ivy (Second)