2020 marks Brown’s 17th season with the Tritons. He started both the Cross Country and Track and Field programs in 2004, serving has head cross country coach from 2004-2018 and head track and field coach from 2004-2008. In 2018, Brown moved into the position of Director of Track and Field & Cross Country. Brown coaches the men’s and women’s distance athletes for the cross country and track and field programs.
His women’s team has finished among the top five each of the past 13 years and has accumulated an NJCAA record, EIGHT National Cross Country Titles during that time (2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019). His men’s team has finished as runners-up five times (2005, 2007, 2013, 2016, 2018) and won three NJCAA National Championship Titles (2014, 2015, 2017). The Men’s Half Marathon team owns an NJCAA record SIX National Titles (2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017) while the women have tied an NJCAA record of five team titles (2011, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2019). Brown’s men’s Half Marathon team also owns the NJCAA record for the lowest score to win a National Half Marathon title with 6 points, which they did in 2016 and 2017. The Triton men also own the NJCAA record for the most individual Half Marathon National Champions (7).
Brown has been named the National Cross Country Coach of the Year twelve times: in 2005, 2014, 2015 and 2017 for his men’s team and again in 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2018 and 2019 for his women’s team. In 2010, 2014 and 2017 Brown was named the NJCAA Men’s Indoor Track and Field Assistant Coach of the Year; in 2011 and 2014 he was named the NJCAA Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Assistant Coach of the Year; and in 2012 he was named the NJCAA Women’s Indoor Track and Field Assistant Coach of the Year. Brown has been named the Region XI Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year twelve times (2005, 07, 08, 09, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19) and the Region XI Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year fourteen times (2006, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19).
Brown has served two terms as the secretary for the NJCAA Track and Field Coaches Association (2007-2012). In 2019 he was elected President of the NJCAA Track and Field Coaches Association. He has also overseen the NJCAA/USTFCCCA Cross Country rankings in the fall from 2005-2012 and again from 2015-present.
Over the past sixteen years, fifty-three men and fifty-five women have earned NJCAA All-America status in cross country or the half marathon. An NJCAA Record, seven times, the men have claimed an individual National Champion at the Half-Marathon Classic; Stephen Dak in 2007, Joshua Sawe in 2008, Stanley Kebenei in 2011 and 2012, Tahir Chakisso in 2013, and Karim Achengli in 2016 and 2017. The women have claimed four individual National Cross Country titles, Hannah Maina in 2013, Leanne Pompeani in both 2015 and 2016 and Adva Cohen in 2017. The women have tied an NJCAA record with four individual Half Marathon National Championship titles: Pompeani was victorious in both 2015 and 2016, Cohen won in 2017 and Winrose Chesang won in 2019.
The women’s team has earned the distinction of NJCAA Academic Team of the Year 12 times while men have achieved that honor 4 times. An Academic Team of the Year must have an accumulative grade point average over 3.00 for the entire eligible team. In 2006, the women’s cross country team finished with the highest GPA in the Nation, 3.64, among all women’s cross country teams in the NJCAA.
Prior to coaching at Iowa Central, Brown was an Instructor of Management Information Systems (MIS) at Luther College and an assistant Cross Country and Track and Field coach for two years. Brown had worked as an assistant coach at the collegiate level for five years working primarily with distance runners and as a high school head coach at Springfield Cathedral (MA) for two years working with sprints, hurdles, jumps and throws.
In addition to his coaching duties, Brown is an adjunct instructor and teaches Introduction to Computers. Brown competed in Cross Country and Track and Field while at Luther College in Decorah, IA. His primary events were the steeplechase, 5 kilometers and 10 kilometers. He has also completed three marathons.
Brown earned a BA degree in Computer Science and Business Administration with a minor in Mathematics from Luther College (1996) and a Master of Science in Physical Education from Springfield College (2001) in Springfield, MA. Brown is IAAF Level 5 and USATF Level III certified in Endurance events and is a certified Strength and Conditioning Coach by the USTFCCCA.