Vince Brown served as head coach at Christopher Newport University for 25 years (1980-2005). During that impressive span, he led the program to 12 national championships as well as countless conference championships.
The graduate of Emory & Henry College began his coaching career in southwestern Virginia at Chilhowie High School, where he served as head track coach and assistant coach of basketball and football in the late 60s. He then moved to Blacksburg High School, where he directed the Indians to one state title, eight regional titles, and ten district championships in the early 1970s. Brown also served as an assistant track & field coach at Virginia Tech from 1975 to 1976.
In 1976, Brown moved to the Virginia Peninsula to direct the Hampton High School track and cross country programs. His squad at Hampton High was a state runner-up in outdoor track. Brown then joined the Christopher Newport staff in 1980 as head track and cross country coach and also served as an Assistant to the Athletic Director while at CNU.
Brown’s athletes at Christopher Newport won an incredible 444 All American honors. Under his guidance, Christopher Newport won a total of 61 individual and relay national championships.
Brown has been recognized for the achievements of his CNU track teams in many ways, including numerous regional and national Coach of the Year awards.
In addition, Brown was presented with Christopher Newport’s Distinguished Service Medallion, an award bestowed very infrequently by the University. He has also been inducted into the Christopher Newport University Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 2006, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association named Brown the outstanding DIII Women’s Outdoor Track & Field coach of the last 25 years for his successes at Christopher Newport.