Director of Athletics Dave Martin announced today that Ozzie Brown has been hired as head coach of The University of Scranton's indoor and outdoor track and field programs, which will begin competition this coming winter and spring.
Brown, who has been involved in NCAA Division III track and field as both an athlete and a coach since 2005, will lead the University's program from its infancy, as the men's and women's indoor and outdoor programs are entering their first year of competition.
"We are excited to have a coach with the experience and accomplishments that Ozzie possesses," Martin said. "His experience as a coach and an athlete at the NCAA Division III level make him an excellent choice to build our new track and field programs from the ground up. His care for the student-athlete in all areas of life fits the University's Catholic and Jesuit ideals, and he knows how to recruit and develop top-level Division III talent."
Brown comes to Scranton after spending the past four seasons as an assistant coach at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., where he coached the jumpers, hurdlers, vaulters, javelin throwers and multi-event athletes. He also assisted with creating training programs for team members, weight training, recruiting and team schedules, as well as assisting the cross country team and working as an admissions counselor.
"I am excited to become a Royal and look forward to joining the Scranton family as the first track and field head coach," Brown said. "I know Scranton is a place with quite a bit of potential to produce a successful program on both the conference and national levels, and my goal is to help the student-athletes fulfill that potential."
Prior to working at Stevens Tech, Brown spent two seasons as an assistant coach at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., working directly with sprinters and hurdlers, assisting in the development of a strength and conditioning program, leading film review sessions and was heavily involved in the recruiting process.
Brown also spent two seasons as an assistant at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., from 2009-11, and one at Gwynedd Mercy in Gwynedd Valley, Pa. from 2008-09. At both schools, he worked with the jumpers and hurdlers.
A 2010 graduate of Moravian, where he competed on the track and field team, Brown has helped athletes achieve All-American status 13 times in the past eight years, including two-time national champion Gladys Njoku in the indoor high jump each of the past two seasons at Stevens Tech.
Student-athletes coached by Brown have broken 71 school records in his nine seasons as a coach, and he has helped 44 student-athletes qualify for the NCAA Division III championships.
As a student-athlete at Moravian, Brown was a five-time USTFCCCA Track or Field Athlete of the Year and a two-time national champion, earning titles in the decathlon and long jump. Along with the national titles in 2008, he was an All-American in the 55-meter hurdles in 2007 and 2008.
Brown, who holds a bachelor's degree in business from Moravian and earned a master's degree in educational leadership from St. Lawrence in 2013, will begin preparation for the indoor men's and women's teams to begin competition this coming winter. The outdoor teams will begin competition just a few months later in the spring of 2018. The teams will be members of the Landmark Conference.