A determined Chris Brown said the meet victory over the weekend is just the beginning of what’s to come in terms of what he intends to accomplish in his coaching career.
“The Fireman,” as he was referred to for the duration of his competitive career, intends to bring the same fire and vigor to coaching that he had as an athlete – a five-time Olympian for The Bahamas.
Brown is The Bahamas’ most decorated Bahamian track and field athlete ever, the longest-active Bahamian athlete on the world athletic circuit and one of the most consistently top producing athletes in world history. He has four Olympic relay medals – a gold, a silver and two bronze; four more relay medals at the world outdoor championships – a gold, two silver and a bronze; and is the most decorated man ever at the world indoor championships in the men’s 400m – a gold, a silver and three bronze. He also has a relay silver at the world indoors and multiple medals at the world relays, the Commonwealth Games, the Pan American Games, the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Championships and the World/Continental Cup.
At 41, Brown still isn’t officially retired from track and field yet, hinting toward a possible return for relay duty at the Olympics this year. The 2020 Summer Olympics, known as the Games of the 32nd Olympiad, is set for July 24 to August 9, in Tokyo, Japan. Brown said that if needed, he could run a leg for The Bahamas in the men’s 4×400 meters (m) relay.
For now, though, his focus is on coaching – enjoying the first year at the helm for the Clayton State Lakers Athletics Program in Morrow, Georgia. He and the Lakers picked up the first meet victory in program history when their ladies came out on top of the women’s team rankings at the Tiger Indoor Invitational in Sewanee, Tennessee, on Saturday.
“First and foremost, I just want to thank God for His many, many blessings that He continues to bestow upon me. I also want to thank Clayton State University for the opportunity to coach and for allowing me to lead the team,” said Brown yesterday. “With regards to our first win with me as head coach, I’m very excited about this moment, especially because it is the first time in the history of Clayton State University’s track and field program. I’m also excited for all of the student-athletes who contributed and put forth a great team effort. I also know that with a great coaching staff and the full support of our athletic director, reaching our goals is possible. This moment shows just how bright the future is for Clayton State University Athletics. I’m looking forward to a great and healthy season.”
Coming out of a meeting with Athletics Director (AD) Ryan Erlacher yesterday, Brown said he is motivated to produce the desired results and is excited for the remainder of the season. In addition to their women winning the overall team title at the Tiger Indoor Invitational, their men was third.
The Lakers compete out of the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II athletics. They established quite a few program records and their women earned 111 points to easily out-distance second-place finisher Shorter University at the Tiger Indoor Invitational on Saturday. Shorter University was second with 92 points, and host school, University of the South, commonly known as Sewanee, finished a distant fifth with 41 points.
In the men’s team rankings, Clayton State finished third with 74 points. The Reinhardt University Eagles won the men’s team title with 110 points, Shorter University was second with 78 points, and Clayton State rounded out the top three. Host school Sewanee finished eighth with 20 points.
Brown will lead the Lakers into action next weekend when they travel to Birmingham, Alabama, to compete in the Kevin M. Steven Indoor Open inside the Birmingham CrossPlex Athletic Facility. Following that, the Lakers will travel to Columbia, South Carolina, to compete in the USC (University of South Carolina) Indoor Open on Saturday, February 22.