Joel Brown
Joel  Brown

Position:
Assistant Coach - Sprints/Hurdles & Recruiting Coordinator

Alma Mater:
Ohio State '04

01/07/2016

Buckeye Classic Opens the 2016 Season

Ohio State hosts annual season-opener Friday afternoon at French Field House

01/07/2016

Buckeye Classic Opens the 2016 Season

Ohio State hosts annual season-opener Friday afternoon at French Field House

01/29/2015

Track & Field Hosts Ohio State Invitational Friday at French

Events begin at 4 p.m. ET

01/08/2015

Ohio State Opens the 2015 Season #StrongerTogether

OSU hosts Buckeye Classic Friday at French Field House

08/13/2014

Brown, Muffet Duncan Join Buckeye Coaching Staff

Brown to work with sprinters and hurdles, Muffet Duncan set to guide Buckeye throwers

  • E-Mail: brown.1984@osu.edu
  • Phone: (614) 292-8004

Former Buckeye great Joel Brown is in his third season as an assistant coach at Ohio State, where he works with the men's and women's sprinters and hurdlers and serves as one of the program’s recruiting coordinators.

During the 2015-16 season, freshman Nick Gray took Columbus by storm earning five All-America honors under Brown’s tutelage. Gray, a sprinter who hails from Pickerington, Ohio, earned three First Team All-America honors (indoor/outdoor 200m dash and outdoor 4x400m relay) and two Second Team All-America honors (100m dash and indoor 4x400m relay). At the 2016 Big Ten Indoor Championships, Gray took gold in the 200m dash with a personal-record time of 20.71 to set a Big Ten championship record. At the outdoor conference meet, Gray pulled off the electrifying double by winning the 100m dash (10.49) and 200m dash (20.54).

Ohio State produced two individual outdoor First Team All-Americans and the men’s 4x400m relay team earned First Team All-America accolades during the 2016 season. The aforementioned Gray excelled in the 200m dash and he helped the 4x400m relay team place seventh at the NCAA Championships; Jerry Jackson, Antonio Blanks and Champ Page were the other three members of the 4x400m relay squad.

Brown played a role in each of the three school records were set during the 2016 track season. At the Big Ten Indoor Championships, Aaliyah Barnes set a new-school standard in the 200m dash with a readout of 23.37 on her way to earning silver. Alexis Franklin initially set the school record in the 400m hurdles at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 55.66; she followed that up nearly two weeks later at the NCAA East Preliminaries to cut down her school record by nearly half a second with a time of 55.28 to qualify for the NCAA Championships.

The third and final school record broken was the women’s 4x400m relay. The foursome of Sonikqua Walker, Beatrice Hannan, Franklin and Karrington Winters blazed around the track at the Big Ten Indoor Championships to a silver finish in a school-record time of 3:32.88.

In his first season with the Buckeyes, Brown coached Donovan Robertson and Antonio Blanks to All-America honors. Robertson was a Second Team All-American and fourth-place Big Ten finisher in the 60-meter hurdles during the indoor season and an Honorable Mention All-American and B1G bronze medalist in the 110-meter hurdles outdoors. Blanks collected Honorable Mention All-America honors and a Big Ten bronze medal in the outdoor 400-meter hurdles. On the women’s side, Alexis Franklin earned a silver medal in the 400-meter hurdles and a bronze medal in the 100-meter hurdles during the outdoor season.  

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.

Brown Coaching Career
2014-Present: Assistant Coach & Recruiting Coordinator, Ohio State
2005-14: Volunteer Coach, Ohio State