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, will lead 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.
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 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.