The Hagerstown Community College Board of Trustees has been studying naming recognitions at the college and has announced its first decision to name the basketball court and adjacent first floor arena space in honor of former athletic director and men’s basketball coach Jim Brown.
“Coach Jim Brown made many significant contributions to HCC over the years and the board feels that naming the court in his honor is an appropriate way to recognize him,” said HCC Board Chair Greg Snook. “He has been a winning coach and devoted teacher, a leading advocate for the building of the ARCC, a successful fundraiser for student athletic scholarships, and a tireless volunteer in support of all things athletic at HCC.”
Brown started his career at HCC in 1979 as part-time men’s basketball coach and, in 1980, he was named assistant professor of physical education and coach of the men’s basketball team. He was named athletic director in 1983. During his 23-year career at HCC, he achieved a Maryland JUCO and NJCAA Region XX record of 517 wins as the men’s head basketball coach. He originated the Hawk Booster Club, which has been instrumental in raising funds in support of HCC athletics. In 2002, he retired and was given the title of emeritus director of athletics and the ARCC.
The Coach Jim Brown Court and Basketball Arena will be recognized with signage and a display case to showcase documents and other items that acknowledge his many contributions to HCC and its students. A dedication ceremony is being planned for later this year, once the signage and display case are in place.