Prior to joining the Coyotes, Brown spent the previous three seasons with the Vancouver Canucks as an assistant coach. He was named to the Vancouver staff on Aug. 3, 2010 and was part of Alain Vigneault's staff when the Canucks won consecutive Presidents' Trophies in 2010-11 and 2011-12 and went to the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.
“We are pleased to add Newell to our coaching staff,” Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said. “Newell has a wealth of experience and brings a very positive, upbeat attitude to our hockey club. His primary focus will be our power play and creating more offensive opportunities in our games. With assistant coach John Anderson not returning, we have found an excellent replacement.”
Brown, 51, joined the Canucks after spending five seasons as an assistant coach with the Anaheim Ducks. Prior to that, he held the roles of associate coach and assistant coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets, Anaheim Mighty Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks dating to the 1996-97 season.
Before joining the NHL, Brown spent four seasons as coach of the Adirondack Red Wings, Detroit’s American Hockey League affiliate. He recorded a 151-132-36-2 record and four consecutive postseason appearances with Adirondack. He served as coach of Michigan Tech University from 1990-92 after serving as an assistant at Michigan State from 1986-90.
Brown was Canada's coach when it won a silver medal at the 1988 Spengler Cup.
A native of Cornwall, Ontario, Brown played two seasons with the Cornwall Royals and helped them win the Memorial Cup in 1979. After being selected by Vancouver in the 1982 NHL Draft, Brown spent one year in the Canucks organization playing for Fredericton (AHL) and Muskegon (IHL) before captaining the Canadian National Team in 1985-86.
Brown captained Michigan State in the final three years of his tenure from 1980-84 and finished his collegiate career with 66 goals and 186 points in 146 games.