Ron Brown – FCA Hall of Champions
College Football Coach, FCA Staff Member, FCA Magazine Contributor, Sharing the Victory Radio Host
Year Elected: 2012
Ron Brown, running backs coach at the University of Nebraska who has served on NU’s coaching staff under both Bo Pelini and Tom Osborne for a combined 22 years, was elected to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Hall of Champions in 2012.
Brown, who served as FCA’s State Director in Nebraska for four years in between stints as a Cornhuskers assistant, has been a contributing writer to FCA Magazine (formerly Sharing the Victory) for a decade, and hosted FCA’s national radio program, Sharing the Victory, for two years. He has also been a frequent speaker at FCA events through the years.
Brown joined Nebraska’s staff in 1987 following a four-year stint as an assistant at his alma mater, Brown University in Providence, R.I. He worked for legendary Cornhuskers coach and current Director of Athletics Tom Osborne from 1987-2003, helping Nebraska win three national championships during that time. The 2012 season marks the fifth year Coach Brown has worked as an assistant to Pelini. In 2011, Brown was nominated for the Frank Broyles Award, which is given to the nation’s top assistant football coach.
In 2011, Brown’s reputation as a man of exemplary and uncompromising Christian character put him in position to help bring healing to the college football world. It was Brown, whose Cornhuskers were playing at Penn State in the Nittany Lions’ first contest after legal charges were filed against former PSU assistant Jerry Sandusky, who was invited by Penn State’s team to lead the two teams in prayer prior to kickoff of a nationally televised game.
Brown was a two-time All-Ivy League selection as a defensive back at Brown University. He is a member of the university’s All-Century Team and its Sports Hall of Fame.