HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Legendary coach Tom Brown dies

Published Thursday, February 25th, 2021

Tom Brown, whose high school football teams at Maiden (two tenures), Bunker Hill and East Burke won 365 games, died early Thursday morning. He won 330 games at Maiden and coached 17 conference championship teams with 31 of his teams qualifying for the state playoffs.

By CHRIS HOBBS

HobbsDailyReport.com

MAIDEN — Legendary football coach Tom Brown, who came to the Greater Hickory area to play college football at then-Lenoir-Rhyne College and was later a high school head football coach at Maiden, Bunker Hill and East Burke, has died.

Brown — who battled COVID-19 and other health concerns for several months — died at about 2:30 a.m. on Thursday.

He was a native of Lewistown, Pa., and signed to play football and baseball at LRU after his dad would not sign permission for Brown to sign a contract to play pro baseball.

Brown, 77, was head coach at Maiden twice, the first time in the mid-1960s after working at old Lenoir High.

He left coaching after Maiden won a state 2A title in 1978, going to work as a six-figure salesman for Servomation Refreshments Inc., based in Hickory.

He then stayed out of teaching and coaching until 1982 when he took the head-coaching job at Bunker Hill High, where his teams went 22-20-1 for four years.

Brown returned to Maiden for a second tenure after the late Kermit Whisnant retired seven years after replacing Brown. He coached the Blue Devils for the next 22 years, leaving after the 2007 season with an overall Maiden record of 330-97-6 in 35 seasons.

Still hungry to coach prep football at least one more time, Brown returned in 2014 as head coach at East Burke, replacing Jim Ruark, and coached another three years. He left Icard when his late wife, Barbara, needed his care.

All of Brown’s children — Jill, Von and Brian — were standout athletes at Maiden. Brian, now retired, coached girls’ varsity basketball at Fred T. Foard and at Bandys (varsity boys) and succeeded his dad as Maiden’s head football coach in 2008. Brian Brown’s four teams at Maiden went 30-20 and had four state playoff appearances.

HE FOUND HIS CALLING EARLY: https://hobbsdailyreport.com/blast-from-the-past/blast-past-brown-founding-calling-life-early/

BROWN RETURNS TO COACHING AT EAST BURKE: https://hickoryrecord.com/sports/high_school/chris-hobbs-column-brown-slips-right-back-into-the-job/article_2f05f5ce-2a83-11e4-97af-0017a43b2370.html

 

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  1. Coach Brown was a great coach and a great friend of mine until 7:30 on Friday nite then all hell broke lose We had some great games Coach was very special.

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