Ozzie Brown
Ozzie Brown
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 570-941-4161
Email: ozzie.brown@scranton.edu

Ozzie Brown was hired in June of 2017 as the first head coach of The University of Scranton’s indoor and outdoor track and field programs in school history.

Brown, who has been involved in NCAA Division III track and field as both an athlete and a coach since 2005, has led the University’s program from its infancy, as the men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor programs entered first year of competition in 2017-18.

During the 2018-19 indoor season, Brown led Scranton's women's team to a fifth place finish and the men's team to a sixth place result at the Landmark Conference Championships with three competitors earning All-Landmark Conference honors for finishing in the top-two of their events.  Both teams continued to make strides during the outdoor season as well with the men's team tying for fifth and the women's team placing sixth at the Landmark Conference Championships.  A trio of Royals earned All-Landmark Conference accolades highlighted by sophomore Matt Kinback, who won the 800 meter run to earn First Team All-Conference honors and was later honored as a USTFCCCA All-Mideast Region selection.

In Scranton's first season of competiton in 2017-18, Brown helped freshman Caroline Banas earn All-American honors in the indoor high jump after finishing seventh at the NCAA Championships.  Banas also qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the high jump, an event she won Landmark Conference championships in.  The men's team finished in sixth place in both the indoor and outdoor Landmark Conference Championships while the women's squad placed seventh in both conference championship meets.

Brown's student-athletes have enjoyed success in the classroom as the Royals have had two competitors earn CoSIDA Academic All-District honors: Caroline Banas (2017-18) and Mark Merli (2018-19).

Brown came to Scranton after spending the previous 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.

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 holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Moravian and earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from St. Lawrence in 2013.

NCAA Qualifiers (2)
Indoor
Caroline Banas (2017-18, high jump)

Outdoor
Caroline Banas (2018, high jump)

CoSIDA Academic All-District Selections (2)
Caroline Banas (2018)
Mark Merli (2019)

Landmark Conference Championship Results

Indoor

  Place Teams Points Individual Champions All-Conference Awards
2018-19          
Men 6th 7 19 0 0
Women 5th 7 49 0 3
2017-18          
Men 6th 6 21 0 1
Women 7th 7 12 1 1

 

Outdoor

  Place Teams Points Individual Champions All-Conference Awards
2019          
Men  T-5th 7 45 1 2
Women 6th 7  66 0 1
2018          
Men 6th 7 27 1 1
Women 7th 7 39 1 2