Former SFA Men’s Basketball Coach Marshall Brown, the winningest basketball coach in SFA history, passed away on August 21, 2008 at the age of 90. Coach Brown was at the helm of the Lumberjack basketball program for 19 seasons (1959 to 1978) compiling a record of 345 wins versus 168 losses for a winning percentage of .672. During his tenure, his Lumberjack squads won five Lone Star Conference Championships with Coach Brown earning Lone Star Conference Coach of the Year honors in 1967-68 and 1969-70. Fourteen of Coach Brown’s players earned All-Conference first team honors with five of his players receiving All-American recognition as well. Those players who were named All-American include: George Johnson 1968, Surry Oliver 1969, Ervin Polnick 1969, James Silas 1970 and 1971, and Pete Harris 1972 and 1973. Under Coach Brown’s tutelage, George Johnson received Lone Star Conference Player of the Year honors 1967-68 as did Pete Harris in 1971-72. In addition, five of Coach Brown’s teams advanced to the NAIA National tournament.
Coach Brown was a graduate of Texas Tech University. His funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2008. Details have not been announced.
Those wishing to make contributions to SFA in the name of Marshall Brown may do so by contacting Mitzi Blackburn at the SFA Alumni Association. The mailing address is SFA Alumni Association, PO Box 6096-SFA Station, Nacogdoches, TX 75962. The physical address for the SFA Alumni Association is 300 E. Vista, Nacogdoches, TX 75962. The phone number for the Alumni Association is (936) 468-3407, (800) 765-1534.