According to CoachingSearch.com, now affiliated with 247 Sports, is reporting that the Cleveland Browns will add Russell ‘Rusty’ McKinney to the staff. McKinney has spent the past five years at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts where he functioned as linebackers coach and strength and conditioning coach. The Browns have multiple linebackers coaches already, so the assumption is he will be involved with strength and conditioning.
Bentley played college football at Towson University, where he was a two time second team All-Patriot League player and was voted the MVP of the Tigers receiving the Doc Minnegan Award in 2001.
McKinney began coaching college football in 2008 where he worked as linebackers coach at Saint Anselm College. Additionally, he has worked as an assistant speed and agility coach, learning under Olympic gold medalist Dennis Mitchell. Since then, he has spent five years at Bentley University.
The connection to the Browns is Towson as defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil and assistant linebackers coach Brian Fleury both attended and played at Towson University. All three were on the team at the same time. As a result, McKinney is also in his early 30s.