By Eamonn Reynolds
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has named Bruce Brown of Ohio as the recipient of the 2011 NFHS Coach Educator of the Year Award.
A leader in educational athletics for more than 35 years, Brown has served the past 12 years as athletic director at Lake High School in Uniontown, Ohio. He has been a member of the NFHS Coaches Publications Committee since 2008 and has written several articles for the NFHS Coaches’ Quarterly and NFHS Coaching Today.
Brown has been very involved in state and national athletic director organizations, and he has served on several athletic administrator association committees as both a member and executive officer. He has also worked closely with the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) the past four years in establishing a coach education program for interscholastic coaches and providing the NFHS Coach Education Program’s “Fundamentals of Coaching” course as the required course of choice.
In 2007, Brown was named Ohio Athletic Administrator of the Year and was the Ohio selection for the 2011 National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) Frank Kovaleski Award for recognition of his work with professional development among coaches and athletic administrators. In addition, Brown is presently serving as interim executive director of the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA), and is currently a member of the NIAAA Ad Hoc Committee for Coach Education representing Section 2.
Prior to moving into an administrative role, Brown coached baseball and basketball at several Ohio high schools, winning more than 200 basketball games during those years. From 1981 to 1984, he served as assistant basketball coach at Bowling Green State University.
The NFHS is dedicated to the advancement of coach education programs throughout the country. Additional information on the NFHS Coach Education Program is available at www.nfhslearn.com.
About the Author: Eamonn Reynolds, a summer intern in the NFHS Publications/Communications Department and a senior at Ohio University.