Coach inducted into hall of fame
by Jack Deming
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Chris Brown, left, is now recognized for his efforts in the Lyndon State College Athletic Hall of Fame. He was inducted along with Rachel Maxwell and Don Colby, above, in September.
Chris Brown, left, is now recognized for his efforts in the Lyndon State College Athletic Hall of Fame. He was inducted along with Rachel Maxwell and Don Colby, above, in September.
LYNDON- In less then two weeks, Twin Valley High School boys’ basketball coach Chris Brown will go through his annual tasks: Holding tryouts, running shooting drills, teaching dribbling techniques, and choosing the best players to fill out his varsity roster and take his program to the state tournament finals at the Barre Auditorium. But not long ago, Brown was a basketball player too, and in September, he was given the highest honor for his four years of collegiate play at Lyndon State College.

In September, Brown was recognized for his dedication to the basketball team, becoming forever enshrined in the LSC Athletic Hall of Fame.

Brown graduated cum laude from LSC in 2005, with a degree in health science with an emphasis in physical education. Brown would be given multiple academic awards and was entered into honor societies. But Brown’s work ethic didn’t end in the classroom; it translated to the hardwood, a place where he became a natural leader, and inspired him to become a coach.

Playing on the Hornets between 2001 and 2005, Brown was a natural leader, and a tough competitor. He achieved double-digit scoring all four years at LSC and served as team captain for three seasons. In his four years, Brown scored over 1,400 points, played in four straight conference finals, and averaged a double-double in his final year with a 22-point, 10-rebound-per-game average.

“You don’t play to get inducted,” said Brown, “You play because you love it. It’s a humbling experience. I matured there as a young adult, and Lyndon State is a place near and dear to my heart.”

Brown achieved a plethora of honors at Lyndon State, including all-conference first team, two National Association of International Athlete American Scholar-Athlete awards, an NAIA champion of character award, LSC athlete of the year, and four times was selected as an LSC and conference scholar-athlete.

After graduating, Brown took his love of the game back to the Deerfield Valley where he has worked as a physical education and health teacher for seven years. Brown became coach of the Twin Valley basketball team in 2007, and was named coach of the year in 2009 as he took his boys to the Barre Auditorium. Brown says that the time and work he put into sports is what kept him passionate enough to make it his career.

“It’s all intertwined,” said Brown. “Being a college player, coach, and teacher, it’s all about doing something because you love it and once you decide you’re in it in for the long haul, you dedicate yourself to team building. A team is only as strong as each individual player and I learned that from Lyndon State. Success is not measured in wins and losses, it’s the relationships made.”

Brown, who is also the athletic director at Twin Valley Middle School, lives with his wife and two sons in Wilmington, where as a high schooler he excelled in basketball and soccer. He was what TVHS athletic director Buddy Hayford called a “gym rat.”

“It comes down to a love for the game,” said Hayford. “He loves the kids, loves the competition, and has a love for sports. With ‘CB’ its all about the love and the passion, and he has both. He puts a lot into the numbers, he loves statistics, and has a remarkable memory for his players achievments. He’s also balancing a family with the job, and that’s never easy, but he manages to do it and he does a great job with both. It all comes down to the love of the game and he can’t get enough of it.”

Brown looks back at his years at LSC with great fondness. “It was the best. Besides academics, my job was to go to the gym and play basketball and hit the weights, and I’m envious of those who get to still do it.”
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