COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State track and field program and Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Karen Dennis announced the promotion of Joel Brown to associate head coach of track and field on Friday, effective immediately.
“It’s my pleasure to promote Coach Joel Brown to Associate Head Coach for track and field,” said Dennis. “He’s been an integral part of our team’s success dating back to his years as an All-American and elite sprinter/hurdler student athlete, and several years as a volunteer coach with our team. Joel has earned the respect of our coaching and support staffs. Our student-athletes have experienced much success through his mentorship and coaching. Joel has been a dedicated, hard-working and loyal coach who has earned his new title. I’m fortunate to have him remain on my staff and in Buckeye Nation!”
Brown is in his eighth year as a full-time coach at Ohio State and previously served as the assistant coach of sprints and hurdles as well as one of the recruiting coordinators. Brown has been a part of nine Big Ten Conference championship teams as a coach at Ohio State, including the first men’s Big Ten championship teams in 25 years when Ohio State won both indoor and outdoor championships in 2018.
The women’s program has been the dominant track and field program in the Big Ten the last 10 years, with seven Big Ten team titles, including consecutive indoor crowns in 2019 and 2020 and the most recent outdoor championship in 2019. Additionally, Brown has been a part of Big Ten women’s championship teams in 2011 (indoor and outdoor), 2012 (outdoor) and 2015 (indoor).
“I appreciate Ohio State, the athletic department and Coach Karen Dennis for giving me the opportunity to contribute as an Associate Head Coach for my alma mater,” said Brown. “What can I say … it’s a great day to be a Buckeye.”
Brown, a three-time All-American for the Buckeyes from 2001-2004, was a volunteer assistant with the Ohio State women’s team for nine seasons prior to becoming a full-time assistant. He was a member of the Buckeye coaching staff for three Big Ten championships and helped a number of student-athletes to new personal bests, including two-time national champion Christina Manning and All-Americans Letecia Wright and Madison McNary.
A former professional runner for Adidas, Brown spent nine years ranked among the Top 15 athletes in the world in the 60-meter hurdles. As the U.S. indoor champion in the 60 hurdles in 2005, Brown placed sixth in the event at the 2005 World Championships. He is a two-time U.S. bronze medalist and was a member of a world-record shuttle hurdle relay at the 2008 Penn Relays with Aubrey Herring, David Oliver and Aries Merritt.
Brown was the 2004 NCAA Mideast regional champion in the 110-meter hurdles and a three-time Big Ten champion for the Buckeyes. He is the Ohio State-record holder in 110-meter hurdles (13.39) and a former record holder in the indoor 60-meter hurdles (7.77).
A native of Baltimore, Brown won three Maryland state titles in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles. He held the Maryland state record in the 300 hurdles at the end of his scholastic career and was a national champion in the 60-meter hurdles. His efforts helped Woodlawn High School to indoor and outdoor state titles in 1998.