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Alma track coach Chris Brown steps down

Chris Brown, left, led the Panthers to numerous conference and regional titles during his tenure as head coach. A total of 14 school records also fell during his tenure. (Courtesy Photo)

Over the course of the past decade the Alma High School boys track and field team has won 92 percent of its dual meets.

It has gone 59-6 in conference duals and 77-7 overall in duals.

The Panthers have also won four conference titles (2007, 2008, 2011, 2012); three regional titles (2008, 2009, 2012) and have earned berths at the Division 2 MITCA meet four times (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012).

Since taking over the program in 2005 Chris Brown, a 1996 Alma High School graduate, has guided his Panthers to the upper pantheon as hes consistently churned out outstanding team after outstanding team.

In recent weeks Brown, whos been the head coach for the Alma boys since 2005 and been with the track program for 17 years, has decided to step down from his head coaching post to steer his full attention towards his family and nine-month old daughter Kennedy.

I want to focus on my family more, said Brown, whose wife Kendra will also step down after helping coach high jumpers and long jumpers at Alma High School. Its just been a struggle trying to make it all work and I just didnt feel like I was there as much as I wanted to be for my family and my athletes.

Browns 2012 team finished fourth in the D2 MHSAA state finals and came within inches of winning it all. Hes also coached 11 individual All-Staters and four relay teams to All-State honors. In his first season as head coach Marcus Breidinger won the D2 pole vault state title, thus success has been a mainstay with the program since Brown took it over.

Brown said he still plans on coaching JV boys basketball, something hes done for the last 13 years, and will leave the door open to possibly helping out with the track team in future years.

But as of right now his primary focus is on family.

I would love to be able to assist and will help out where I can, said Brown, who has also coached the Panthers to five runner-up showings within the conference. I will miss it and well see what happens.

Brown will also continue to be a teacher at Alma Schools where he has taught social studies and art since 2001.













Last Updated: 6/16/2014 4:47:35 PM EST

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