01/11/2012 09:27 EST | Updated 03/12/2012 05:12 EDT

Doctors to evaluate mental status of former Notre Dame assistant Brown

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - A northern Indiana judge has appointed a psychiatrist and a psychologist to evaluate the mental status of a former Notre Dame assistant football coach accused of striking his wife and holding her hostage in their home.

Corwin Brown's family has said they believe his actions leading to a seven-hour standoff with police last August might stem from brain trauma he suffered while playing college and pro football.

St. Joseph Superior Court Judge Jane Woodward Miller appointed the doctors during a brief hearing Wednesday and set a March 14 date for his next hearing.

Brown's lawyer, William Stanley, says he believes his client appears to be feeling better physically and is still undergoing counselling while living with his parents in Chicago. His wife and parents accompanied the 41-year-old Brown in court.