Doug Brown, a Michigan native, was recruited to the University of Tennessee in 1971 by Chuck Rohe and proceeded to win nine AllAmerican honors in cross- country and track, including two NCAA steeplechase championships. Doug led the Vols to the 1972 NCAA team title in crosscountry and the 1974 outdoor track national championship. His collegiate success helped him earn a spot on the U.S. Track and Field team in three different Olympiads ('72, '76, '80).
In 1985 Doug Brown succeeded legendary coach Stan Huntsman at the University of Tennessee, when Stan moved to Austin to take over the programs at the University of Texas. Brown built upon the tradition of excellence that Chuck Rohe and Stan had begun when in his first season the Vols captured the SEC “Triple Crown”, sweeping the crosscountry, indoor, and outdoor track titles.
From 1985 to 1996 Brown led the Vols to seven SEC titles and nine topfive national finishes, including the 1991 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field title. In 1996 Doug moved to Gainesville, Florida to become head track and crosscountry coach at the University of Florida. In Doug's combined SEC career his athletes have earned 96 SEC Academic Honor roll selections.
In all, Brown has coached 53 athletes to 134 AllAmerican honors, with four of his athletes becoming Olympians. He has earned SEC CoachoftheYear honors ten times in addition to being named NCAA Division I CoachoftheYear following the 1991 NCAA championship season. Brown was also recognized by his peers when he was named Assistant U.S. Track and Field Coach for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.