1999 USATF ATHLETE BIOGRAPHY (written by Jeff Hollobaugh)

Brian Brown

BRIAN BROWN

Born: January 9, 1967, in New Iberia, La

Current Residence: Columbia, Mo

PRs: High Jump 7-8 (1990)

High School: New Iberia, La '85

College: Northwestern Louisiana '90

Height: 6-2.5

Weight: 160

Coach: self-coached

Agent: Daniel Westfeldt

Club: Mizuno

1982: best of 6-8…won Louisiana state HS meet (6-8).

1983: best of 6-10…won Louisiana state HS meet (6-10).

1984: best of 6-10…5th in Louisiana state HS meet (Hollis Conway won).

1985: best of 6-11.5…competed in basketball for Northwestern Louisiana…only competed in track outdoors.

1986: best of c7-3.

1987: best of 7-4.25…5th in NCAA.

1988: best of 7-6.5…3rd at NCAA Indoor (7-4.5)…6th in NCAA…11th in USA Champs…10th in Olympic Trials.

1989: best of 7-7.25…5th at NCAA Indoor (7-3)…won USA Champs (7-7.25)…3rd at Olympic Fest…no-height at World University Games…tied for 6th at World Cup…ranked #3 in U.S. by T&FN.

1990: best of 7-8…won NCAA Indoor (7-8 PR)…tied for 5th at NCAA…12th at USA Champs…ranked #6 in U.S. by T&FN.

1991: best of 7-4.5…8th in USA Indoor (7-2.5)…tied for 15th in qualifying at USA Champs (7-1.5)…3rd at Olympic Fest (7-4.25).

1992: best of 7-5.25…5th in Olympic Trials (7-5)…ranked #6 in U.S. by T&FN.

1993: best of 7-4.5…tied for 15th in qualifying at USA Champs (7-1).

1994-95: did not compete.

1996: best of 7-6…tied for 7th at Olympic Trials (7-4.25)…ranked #6 in U.S. by T&FN.

1997: best of 7-7…3rd at USA Indoor (7-5)…tied for 14th in qualifying at World Indoor (7-4.25)…3rd at USA Champs (7-5.75)…tied for 15th in qualifying at World Champs (7-3.75)…ranked #2 in U.S. by T&FN.

1998: best of 7-6.5…2nd in USA Indoor (7-5)…tied for 3rd at USA Champs (7-4.5)…3rd at Goodwill Games (7-5.75)…tied for 7th at GP Final (7-2.5); experienced a slight tear in his knee ligament there, and later had arthroscopic surgery…ranked #9 in world (#2 U.S.) by T&FN.

The Rest of the Story: now a full-time employee of the University of Missouri, Brown works as an eligibility and recruiting compliance coordinator…previously he had been a graduate assistant track coach…is working on his Ph.D., with all his coursework done; he expects to have his dissertation finished in December 1999; it will be a study of college athletic directors and their direct involvement in fundraising…married 400 star Natasha Kaiser on August 29, 1992…she has won a relay gold medal in the World Champs, and a silver in the Barcelona Olympics…Brown is also a minister with the Friendship Baptist Church…in 1993 he tore his ACL in his jump leg, and surgeons had to do a total reconstruction of the joint…though it might have seemed a career-ending injury, Brown persevered through two years of rehab, "Thanks to the support that Natasha gave to me. She never gave up"…says one of his biggest thrills in the sport was making the World Indoor and Outdoor squads in 1997 along with Natasha…since his most recent arthroscopic surgery in fall 1998, the nagging pain he has experienced in his knee since 1993 is gone…"My goal is to go where I've never been before height-wise. I feel great and I have great expectations for the season."…working full-time will limit his competitive opportunities, but he says, "I have to take every jumping opportunity and make the most of it."