Brown Facts

Location:  Providence, RI

Founded:  1764

President:  Christina Paxson

Enrollment:  5,821

Nickname: Bears

Colors:       Seal Brown, Cardinal Red, White

Stadium: Brown Stadium (20,000), Natural Grass

Director of Athletics:  Jack Hayes

Conference Affiliations: Ivy League, NCAA Division I

Football Office Coordinator: Donna Fanion

Football Phone: 401- 863-2424


   Football Coaching Staff:

Head Coach:Phil Estes (New Hampshire '81)

            Record at Brown: 107-72 (.609), 18 years

            Ivy Record: 73-53 (.588), 17 years

            Ivy League Titles: 3 (1999, 2005, 2008)

            Career Record: 107-72 (.609), 18 years

Assistant Coaches: 

Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Secondary: Abbott Burrell (Connecticut '90)

Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers: Michael Kelleher (Boston Univ. '81)

Offensive Coordinator/Off. Line: Frank Sheehan (New Haven '95)

Tight Ends:  Kevin Decker (New Hampshire '12)

Defensive Line:  Neil McGrath (Boston University '81)

Recruiting Coordinator/Running Backs:  Christopher Nappi (Union '06)

Outside Linebackers: Paul Frisone (West. New England '93)

Wide Receivers: Jordan Softcheck (Wingate '09)

Quarterbacks: Todd Parsons (Averett University '07)

Director of Football Operations:  Scott Cordischi (Syracuse '89)


Media Information

Dir. of Athletic Communications: Christopher Humm

            E-Mail:  christopher_humm@brown.edu

            Office Phone: 401-863-1095; Home Phone: 401- 247-2392; Cell: 401-413-1403

            Fax: 401- 863-1436

Assiistant Director of Athletic Communications:  Eric Peterson

Athletic Communications Assistant: Nicholas Dow

Athletic Communications Assistant: Kelsey Chipega

Football Press Box Phones: 401-867-3888; 867-3897

   2016 Record: 4-6, 3-4 Ivy (Fourth)

   2017 Football Captains: TBA

Starters Returning/Lost:  Offense – 5/6; Defense –  6/5; Specialists (K/P) – 1/1

Lettermen Returning/Lost:  31/14

Began Football: 1878 (139th Season)

Offense/Defense: Pro Offense/Multiple Defense

Listen To Brown Football:  WPRV- 790-AM:  Scott Cordischi (play-by-play), John Anderson  (color)

Web Site: www.brownbears.com

Ivy League Digital Network/Video Streaming: http://www.ivyleaguedigitalnetwork.com/

Media Credentials

Please make all press and photo requests at least one week in advance. Tickets and parking passes can be mailed out with one week's notice. If not, press tickets can only be picked up at the Will Call Window at the main entrance, located through parking lot A. Press requests should be directed to:

Christopher Humm
Director of Athletic Communications
Brown University-Pizzitola Sports Center
235 Hope Street
Providence, RI 02912

E-Mail:  Christopher_Humm@brown.edu
Phone: (401) 863-1095   Fax: (401) 863-1436

Weekly Release

Brown's weekly football release and statistics can be accessed on www.BrownBears.com by Wednesday each week.


Interviews With Coach Estes

Head coach Phil Estes is generally available for interviews, Monday to Friday, in the late morning or early afternoon.


The Phil Estes Show

The weekly Phil Estes Coaches Show, hosted by Scott Cordischi and Brown football coach Phil Estes, will continue to be broadcast on Thursday evenings during the season, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on WPRV-790am. The show will be available on the internet at www.BrownBears.com


Press Box Services

Pre-game notes, flip cards, statistics and programs are available one hour before game time in the Pressbox. Play-by-play, halftime, final, individual and team statistics are available immediately following the game and at the press room, which can be accessed on the ground level of Brown Stadium, between the home team and visiting team locker rooms. Game stories can be filed from the press room.


Post-Game Interviews

At the conclusion of the game, a press conference will be conducted at the Stadium's Press Room, located on the Sessions Street side of the Stadium. After a 10 minute cooling off period, the visiting team head coach will come to the Press Room, followed by Brown coach Phil Estes. Both Brown players and visiting team players will be available at their respective locker rooms.

Directions to Brown Stadium

From 95 North or South, take the Rt. 195 East exit toward Cape Cod. Exit at Gano Street and turn right onto Gano Street at the end of the ramp. Gano Street will turn into Tabor Avenue. Follow Tabor until the four way stop sign at Lloyd Avenue and turn right. Go one block and turn left onto Elmgrove Avenue. Brown Stadium will be on the left side, about 3/4 of a mile down.

Bears On The Air

Brown football is broadcast  throughout Rhode Island and Southern New England on WPRV-790am. Scott Cordischi will call the play with John Anderson providing the color commentary.

Digital Video Streaming

Brown Offers a three/four-camera, HD video streaming broadcast of all its home football games. The Brown channel on the Ivy League Digital Network offers a user experience unlike any other to give fans an entirely new way to interact with the Bears. The completely redesigned digital channel includes an easy-to-navigate interface with a League-wide network streaming schedule and new interactive touch points to showcase the expanded content offerings available on computer, mobile and tablet devices all without the use of an app. A variety of subscription packages will be offered for inside access to Brown Athletics, including a 12-month pass for $89.95, a four-month pass for $34.95, a one-month pass for $10.95 or a single-day pass for $9.95. 


Christopher Humm

Director of Athletic Communications


Christopher Humm joined the Brown University athletic staff in July 1988, as Director of Athletic Communications and head golf coach after holding similar positions at Hofstra University for eight years. He stepped down as golf coach at the end of the 1993 season.

At Brown, Humm is responsible for the implementation of a media relations program, including the publication of media guides/interactive magazines and programs, social media, video streaming, and the daily maintenance of the Brown Athletics web site, brownbears.com, for Brown's 38 varsity athletic teams. He also ran three major fundraising golf tournaments - football, men's ice hockey and women's athletics - for the Brown Athletic Department for 12 years.

Humm was inducted into the Words Unlimited Hall of Fame in February 2013.  Founded in 1945, Words Unlimited is Rhode Island's organization of sportswriters, sportscasters and sports publicists, that honors those individuals who make extraordinary contributions to the state's sports scene.

In 2010 and 2016, Humm worked as the moderator for all press conferences at the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball First and Second Round games played at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence. Each year, Humm moderated 24 press conferences in four days, including pre-game and post-game press conferences. 

Humm also served as the moderator for the 2013, 2015 and 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey East Regional First and Second Round games at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence. He was also the Media/Public Relations Coordinator for the 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Quarterfinals at Brown Stadium.

In 2006, Humm was honored by the All-American Football Foundation with the Scoop Hudgins Outstanding SID Awards at its 81st Annual Banquet of Champions.

He successfully nominated four NCAA Silver Anniversary Award winners at Brown, Steve Jordan '82, Lisa Caputo '86, George Pyne '89 and Bernard Muir '90, and an NCAA Top VIII Award winner, Nick Hartigan '06.

In 2004, Humm was honored by the University with a Brown Appreciation Award for his work on the 125th Anniversary of Brown Football. He also won the Jay Barry '50 Service Award in 1990, and the Robert F. Hall '66 Recognition Award in 2003.

Humm was the master of ceremonies for the Brown All-Sports Banquet for six years, and the Brown Athletics Senior Banquet for the last four years. He has also been the master of ceremonies and panel moderator for several Black Coaches Association/Fritz Pollard Award dinners honoring the Black Coaches Association Coach of the Year.

A 1977 graduate of Hofstra University, Humm has held positions with both IBM and British Airways. As an undergraduate at Hofstra, he was editor-in-chief of Nexus, the University's yearbook, and a four-year member of the varsity golf team, the last two years as captain.

Humm also worked as Director of Media Relations for the 1987 Can-Am Pacific Games for the Physically Challenged and as the Assistant Director of Media Relations at the 1985 World Games for the Deaf in Los Angeles. He is a member of CoSIDA, and the United States Basketball Writers Association, and is a former president of the Ivy League Sports Information Directors.

A native of Baldwin, NY, Humm is active in the local community. He is a former coach for the Barrington Little League, the Barrington Youth Soccer Association and the Barrington YMCA Basketball Travel League. He and his wife, Debbie, reside in Barrington, Rhode Island, and have two sons, Robert, a 2004 Brown graduate and a 2008 Roger Williams Law School graduate, and Steven, a 2008 graduate of Providence College, and two grandchildren, Reese (3) and Bowen (1).