Longtime OU Athletic Trainer Brown to Retire
NORMAN – Longtime Oklahoma men's basketball athletic trainer Alex Brown announced his plans to retire at the conclusion of this season. Brown has served as the Sooners' athletic trainer for 32 seasons and has worked with three Final Four teams and four head coaches.
"After 32 years and more than 1,000 games as OU's athletic trainer for the men's basketball program, I'm ready to unlace my sneakers," said Brown. "What a ride it's been. I've been extremely fortunate to work with the best coaches, student-athletes, team physicians and athletic trainers in the country here at OU.
“When I arrived in Norman in 1987, I never imagined my career here would be as fun and fulfilling (and lengthy) as it's been. I've thoroughly enjoyed my time working with so many different teams, and will especially cherish the three Final Fours in basketball and the two men's golf national championships I've gotten to experience here."
A 2011 Oklahoma Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame inductee, Brown has aided in the care of almost every sport at some point in his three decades at OU, working closest with men's basketball and men's golf.
During his 32 seasons, Brown was on the men’s basketball bench for 1,050 games - including 712 Oklahoma victories. He missed only five games during his run as the team's athletic trainer.
A certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure advisory committee on athletics training, Brown has won several awards for his training abilities and has served on numerous advisory commissions on sports medicine.
In 1990, the U.S. Olympic Committee honored Brown and former Sooner Terry Evans with the Nuprin Comeback Award. The award was presented to exceptional U.S. athletes who came back from sports-related injuries to distinguish themselves in competition and is shared by the athletes’ trainer most to their comeback. Brown had worked extensively with Evans on his return to the court after undergoing knee surgery.
Interested in all sports, Brown has served as a member of the medical staff at two U.S. Olympic Festivals and as trainer for the basketball tryouts for the 1990 World University Games and Goodwill Games. He also spent three weeks as the trainer for the U.S. men’s basketball team which won the bronze medal in the 1991 Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba, and was the official trainer for the gold-medal U.S. team at the 1993 FIBA World Championships in Valladolid, Spain. In 1994, Brown traveled with the U.S. World Cup soccer team to Trinidad and Jamaica for two international matches.
Prior to his arrival in Norman, Brown served as head athletic trainer at East Central University in Ada. He also taught classes and was the head golf and assistant track coach.
The Appalachian State University alum earned a bachelor’s degree in 1979 and a master’s degree in 1980. That same year, Brown raced in the 1980 Boston Marathon.
An avid golfer, Brown is the defending senior club champion at the OU Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club and is a member of the Golf Digest course-ranking panel. He has 11 holes-in-one to his credit and has volunteered at The Masters in Augusta, Ga., in 2016 and 2017.