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Brian Townsend
No. 51     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1968-11-07)November 7, 1968
Place of birth: Cincinnati, Ohio
Career information
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 1992 / Round: 11 / Pick: 281
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
 As player:
* Northwest High School (Cincinnati, Ohio) (1984–1987)
 As coach:
* Ann Arbor Pioneer High School (1998–2003)
 As administrator:
* Director of Basketball Operations University of Michigan (2007–2010)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Stats at

Brian Lewis Townsend (born November 7, 1968) is a college athletics administrator and former American football player. He is currently the Director of Student-Athlete Development at the University of Michigan. He played college football at Michigan from 1987 to 1991 and played professional football for the Cincinnati Bengals in 1992.

Early years

Townsend was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1968. He attended Cincinnati's Northwest High School.[1]

University of Michigan

Townsend enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1987 and played college football as a linebacker for the Michigan Wolverines football teams from 1988 to 1991.[2] During his four years as a player for Michigan, Townsend had 70 tackles and 23 assists.[3] After winning four straight Big Ten titles, he helped lead the Maize and Blue to four straight Bowl appearances. In 2000, the Wolverine Magazine named Townsend to its Michigan Football All-Decade Team.[4]

Professional football

Townsend was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 11th round (281st overall pick) of the 1992 NFL Draft. He appeared in three games as a linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals during the 1992 NFL season.[1]

Coaching and administration

After retiring from football, Townsend was hired as an assistant basketball coach at Northwest High School in Cincinnati. From 1998 to 2003, Townsend was the boys' basketball coach at Ann Arbor's Pioneer High School. His 1999 team won the Class A State Championship title, the first one in school history, and Townsend compiled a record of 109–36 in six years as head coach.[4]

From 2003 to 2007, he was an assistant basketball coach at Ohio University. In each of his last three seasons, his teams won 19 or more games. During the 2004–2005 season, his team compiled a 21–11 record and appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 11 years.[4][5]

In 2007, Townsend was hired as the Director of Basketball Operations for the University of Michigan. While Director of Basketball Operations, Townsend helped oversee the resurgence of Michigan basketball onto the national stage under head coach John Beilein. Townsend was a part of a staff that led Michigan to the 2009 NCAA Tournament, its first appearance since 1995. In 2010, he was promoted to Assistant Sport Administrator for football, men's basketball, and hockey. In this role, Townsend worked directly with the Athletic Director in the oversight and administration of the three sports.[6]

In 2014, Townsend transitioned to the role of Director of Student-Athlete Development. In that position, he is responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive student-athlete programming and services. The goals of that programming and services are focused on lifelong health and wellness, as well as personal growth and development.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Brian Townsend".
  2. "University of Michigan All-time Rosters Search Page". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Townsend's first and last name on the search page, and press enter)
  3. "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". University of Michigan. Archived from the original on November 12, 2007. Retrieved April 2, 2015.(To access Townsend's record, enter his first and last name in the main search page. Then click on "Display Stats By Season" to access his game-by-game and season-by-season results.)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Brian Townsend Profile". University of Michigan.
  5. "Brian Townsend biography". Ohio University.
  6. "U-M AD Dave Brandon Announces Four Staff Promotions". University of Michigan Athletics.