Inducted in 2017
Coach was inducted posthumously into the SHSAA Packer Sports Greats in 2017. His brother Paul received his award.
Coach Brown taught biology and was the cross country coach at SHS from 1960 until 1967. While at Omaha South Coach Brown accomplished the following: In 1962 Coach Brown took the cross-country team to the inter-city Team Championship. He coached a one-two finish in 1962 at the inter-city championship. In 1963, he coached an individual champion at the inter-city championship and coached an individual champion in the 1963 metro championship. The team also won the 1963 inter-city team championship and the 1963 Metro Team Championship. This was the first South team to win a metro championship. Coach Brown took the team to the State competition in 1963 and they won.
In 1962 and 1963: he coached the individual State Class "A" cross country champions - both setting meet course records In 1963: he coached the State Class "A" mile champion.
Coach Brown coached the 1961; 1962; 1963 and 1964 District Class "A" Champions.
His mother passed when he was five and he was raised for the following three years by his grandmother till she passed. His dad, a busy attorney, worked hard at raising his boys, Al was the youngest. Al played football, basketball and ran cross country track. His best race was the 4-40 and he won both intercity and state meets in his junior and senior years.
During WWII he served in the air force flying 36 bombing missions as a ball turret gunner. He received his bachelor’s and master's degrees after the war. Al and his wife Marilyn have three daughters.
Al was a true mentor to all of the young people he coached. He passed on the desire to succeed to his teams and they did.