After a stellar collegiate playing career DJ Hernandez joins the Brown coaching staff as its new quarterbacks coach, with recruiting responsibilities in 11 states and Canada. A Connecticut native, Hernandez was a standout quarterback and wide receiver at UConn.
A two-year team captain for the Huskies from 2004-2009, Hernandez graduated in 2008 with a BA in Human Development and Family Studies. He went on to earn a Master’s in School Counseling from UConn in May 2011.
At UConn, Hernandez played in three BCS Bowl games - the Motor City Bowl, the Meineke Car Bowl and the International Bowl – and captured a BIG EAST Championship. A two-time BIG EAST Player of the Week and a scholar-athlete for the Huskies, he earned UConn’s Football Alumni Award, given to the player who has demonstrated both leadership and dedication, and whom the coaches and his teammates have recognized as the ultimate team player. He also received UConn’s “Iron Husky” Award in 2006 for commitment, work ethic and leadership in the off-season.
After his collegiate career, Hernandez played professionally for the Carinthian Black Lions in Klagenfurt, Austria, for two years. During his two-year stint with the Black Lions, Hernandez quarterbacked the squad, while also working as head coach and offensive coordinator.
Hernandez was the head coach and offensive coordinator at Southington (CT) High School in 2010, directing the team to an 8-2 record and Conference Championship. He was the quarterbacks coach at Southington in 2009
He graduated from Bristol (CT) Central High School after being named the Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year. Hernandez was the first player in Connecticut history to rush and throw for over 3,000 yards.
He and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Rumford, Rhode Island.