September 6, 2018

Greg Drown – Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame

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Greg Drown was a four-time letter winner on the Buckeye rifle team from 1981-84. He received the NRA gold medal three times and the silver medal twice while leading the Buckeyes to four Big Ten titles. At the Big Ten Championships, Drown won a pair of individual titles and earned First Team All-Big Ten honors four times.

After captaining the Buckeyes as both a junior and senior and posting a pair of NRA Inter-Collegiate Sectional wins, Drown earned himself a tryout for the 1984 US Olympic Team. He went on to compete across the country after earning his surveying and engineering degree in 1985 and won the Ohio State Championship in 1985, 1996 and 1999. Drown then began to develop neurological problems with his back and legs. After major back surgery in 2001, the problem was diagnosed as multiple sclerosis.

Undeterred because of his strong faith and constant support from friends and family, Drown returned to competitive shooting in 2006 and has since won a total of 14 Ohio State shooting titles. In 2009, he won the small bore, 3 position, any sight, National Championship. He then claimed bronze at the 2010 US Individual Smallbore Rifle Championship and silver in 2011. That led to him receiving the NRA Distinguished Rifle award and most recently he was a member of 2017-18 US National Paralympic Development Team. Drown has continued to mentor and encourage young shooters and has been a tremendous ambassador for the sport.