On Thursday evening, The Ohio State University Department of Athletics unveiled a bronze bust in honor of former head men’s golf coach Jim Brown. The bust, which will be displayed in the lobby of the clubhouse at The Ohio State University Golf Club, sits on top a granite pedestal with the inscription:
1973 – 2009
FROM HIS VARSTIY
GOLFERS AND SUPPORTERS
IN TRIBUTE OF A
HALL OF FAME CAREER
Brown, who retired in July 2009, was accompanied by friends, family and members of the 2009-10 Ohio State men’s golf team at the ceremony.
Brown, a native of Martins Ferry, Ohio, served as the head coach for the Buckeyes 1973-2009. In his 35 seasons, Brown led the Buckeyes to 32 NCAA appearances, including the NCAA Central Regional in 2008, and 11 Top 10 NCAA championship finishes. The Buckeyes won the national championship, the second in program history, in 1979. It was the first NCAA title for a northern school in nearly two decades.
Under his guidance, Ohio State won a league-record 17 Big Ten championships. The Buckeyes won the conference crown every season from 1976-90, except for 1981 and ’88 when they were runners-up. He produced 93 All-Big Ten honorees, including second-team selections Kyle Coconis and Bo Hoag in 2007-08.
Individually, Brown tutored an NCAA individual champion in Clark Burroughs (1985), 18 Big Ten medalists, 11 First Team All-America selections and 40 other All-America honorees. Chris Perry was named College Player of the Year in 1984 and Chris Smith earned both Big Ten Freshman of the Year (1988) and Player of the Year (1990) awards under Brown.
Brown’s student-athletes also have excelled in the classroom. The Buckeyes received 11 All-America Scholar awards, 55 Academic All-Big Ten honors and 84 Ohio State Scholar-Athletes nods since the inception of both awards in 1987.
As a coach, Brown was named National Coach of the Year in 1979 and ’86, and District IV Coach of the Year in consecutive seasons from 1977-80 and again from 1982-87. He has earned Big Ten Coach of the Year laurels three times in 1995, ’96 and 2004. Brown has been inducted into several halls of fame, including Ohio Golf Association (2006), Ohio State Athletics (1991), Golf Coaches Association of America (1989), Ohio High School Golf Coaches (1994) and Martins Ferry High School (1972).
During his time as a Buckeye student-athlete, Brown played the No. 1 position on the golf team from 1963-65, serving as captain his senior year, and also lettered three seasons with the Ohio State basketball team. He began his coaching career in 1967 at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., as head golf coach and assistant basketball coach. Brown then took the head golf coach position at Kent State from 1968-73 before returning as the head coach for the men’s golf team at his alma mater in 1974.