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Brown named new AD at PHCC

July 30, 2013

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By BULLETIN STAFF REPORTS –

Dr. Kathleen Brown, a six-year employee of Patrick Henry Community College, has been named the full-time athletic director at PHCC. Brown, 28, has served as head softball coach, Upward Bound advisor, adjunct instructor, and assistant athletic director during her time at PHCC. She takes over for Christopher Parker, who became the college’s vice president for institutional advancement in April.

Brown has served as the school’s interim AD since Parker’s promotion in April.

“I’m very happy and honored to receive this opportunity,” said Brown in a press release. “I look forward to being able to dedicate my time to all of the student-athletes here at the college while also making sure our coaches have what they need to be successful. I’m excited; I obviously have very big shoes to fill from Chris, but I’m prepared for the challenge. I’m looking forward to it, and I know I’m going to do whatever it takes to get the job done.”

Brown, who holds a doctorate of education in sports management from the United State Sports Academy, will no longer serve as head coach of the Patriots softball team, but she will continue in her role as international student coordinator for the college. In addition, she becomes just the fourth female athletic director in the history of Region X, the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) conference in which PHCC participates.

“We are very happy to have Kathleen step into her new role at Patrick Henry Community College. She has proven herself over the past six years and she will do an excellent job,” said Parker. “PHCC has positioned itself as a leader not only in Virginia Community College System athletics, but one of the NJCAA’s regional leaders. This leadership will certainly continue under Dr. Brown’s supervision.

Originally from Nebraska, Brown came to PHCC in 2008 to serve as the college’s first head softball coach. She was named the Region X softball coach of the year in 2011, and her team won the Region X conference tournament in 2012, coming within one win of making the NJCAA College World series.

During that time she has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the college, teaching courses in developmental math, student development, recreation and parks, physical education, and health.

She was named assistant athletic director in June 2011 and became PHCC’s international student coordinator in August 2012.

PHCC’s athletic program consists of five teams: men’s and women’s basketball, soccer and golf, plus baseball and softball. Brown said she hopes to see the athletic teams remain competitive on a national level while placing continued priority on success in the classroom.

“We’re going to provide all the resources they need, really give them the academic support they need and show them they can do it,” she explained. “We expect all of our student athletes to be successful in the classroom, so that when they do transfer, they can continue to have success at four-year colleges, both on the field and off.”

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