Athletics Hall of Fame

Richard Brown '56
Posted 07/20/2014 02:16PM

Dick Brown was a three sport letterman at Bullis, lettering in prep football, basketball, and baseball. He started as an outside linebacker for the football team, was a starter on both the basketball and baseball team, and was also the captain of the baseball team. He was named as a 1st team All-Met in Basketball by The Washington Post.

At the Naval Academy, he lettered in both basketball and baseball for three years. As a member of the basketball team, he helped lead the team to the NCAA tournament in 1959 and 1960 and was the team MVP his senior season. He played all 40 minutes, a school-record, twenty eight times during his career. He still ranks third in rebounds per game average behind Navy greats Don Lange and David Robinson. As a member of the Academy baseball team, he was the team captain and MVP as a senior, made the Ivy-League All-Star team and was also the team batting champion as a senior.

Dick Brown returned to Bullis as a coach in 1963 where he helped coach the football, basketball, and baseball team. After a year at Bullis he returned to the Naval Academy where he coached for eight years. He returned to high school coaching in Maine at Mt. Blue High School where he spent six years until he moved to Eugene, Oregon in 1978 to work as an exercise physiologist and where he began his work as the director of Athletics West, Nike's Elite Track and Field running club. In 1983, and again in 1984, members of Athletics West made up 25% of the National team which placed first at both the World Championships and the 1984 Olympics. In 1983 Dick was the head coach of the USA Cross Country team which won the combined World Championships' in Gateshead, England. Coach Brown has coached 11 different athletes who have made five Olympic teams, five world championship teams and six world cross country championship teams.

He received the 1984 Bruce Jenner Award for the Advancement of Track and Field, the 1985 Jesse Abramson Award for Meritorious Service to Track and Field, and he currently coaches the post-high school and post-graduate athletes at the Eugene Health and Performance Foundation in Oregon.

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