Former VHS athletic director Brown will be honored Aug. 1

Former VHS athletic director Brown will be honored Aug. 1 Ronnie "Stub" Brown, former athletic director and football coach at Vermillion High School, will be hosted with an "Appreciation Night" at Leo's Lounge in downtown Vermillion on Wednesday, Aug. 1.

Social hour is from 7 to 8 p.m. with the program beginning at 8 p.m.

Brown, a Vermillion native, was inducted into the inaugural SDIAAA (South Dakota Interscholastic Administrators Association) Hall of Fame this past March along with Jack Richardson, Yankton; Wally Diehl, Sioux Falls; Clyde Cotton, Huron; and Howard Naasz, Rapid City.

This week, Brown was inducted into the SDHSCA (South Dakota High School Coaches Association) Hall of Fame at the South Dakota High School Activities Association 50th Annual Coaches Clinic held in Aberdeen.

Brown is a 1947 graduate of Vermillion High School. He was an outstanding athlete in football, basketball and track while attending VHS. He was selected captain of the football team his senior year and also Tanager Day homecoming king.

Brown had an outstanding football career at The University of South Dakota where he graduated from in 1952. He then taught and coached at VHS from 1956 to 1961.

From 1962 to 1965 he coached football at The University of South Dakota. Brown returned to Vermillion High School in 1966 and served as athletic director, teacher and coach until his retirement in 1986.

Brown posted a career record of 75-38-3 during his 13 seasons (57-61, 66-73) as head football coach at VHS. He has the second most career wins at VHS and has one of the highest winning percentages (66 percent) in VHS history. He hosted numerous sub-state events as athletic director and was manager of the SDHSAA football playoffs from his inception in 1981 until 1986.

Brown is also a member of the USD Athletic Hall of Fame and recipient of the SDHSAA Distinguished Service Award.

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