It is not every year that an athlete like Doug Brown comes along. The track star was “Mr. Everything” in distance running at the University of Tennessee. During his collegiate career, Brown, who was the number-one-ranked steeplechaser in the U.S., held every distance record in Tennessee annals and was All-America four consecutive years (1971 to 1974) in three different events (six mile, steeplechase and cross-country). Brown was also the first Tennessee track man to be on a United States Olympic team. He was SEC Cross Country Champion in 1972 and 1973 and was second in the NCAA in 1972 to lead Tennessee to its first NCAA title. In the indoor two-mile event, Brown was SEC champion in 1973 and runner-up in 1971and 1972 and was sixth-place finisher in the 1973 NCAA.
Outdoors, in 1973 and 1974, Brown set the SEC distance records by winning the three-mile, six-mile, and steeplechase, and in NCAA competition, he was the steeplechase champion in 1973 and 1974. His 1974 steeplechase mark of 8:23.2 still stands atop the Vols All-Time ranking. Brown also set UT records, including the two-mile (8:39.8), three-mile (13:27.4), 5000-meter (14:10.5), six-mile (27:51.6) and 10,000-meter (29:36.7). Brown later served as Head Track Coach from 1986-95. Under his leadership Brown coached teams won 4 SEC Championships and captured the 1991 NCAA Outdoor Title.