Masters Hall of Fame: Mike Brown '71

Masters Hall of Fame: Mike Brown '71

You never know where life may take you. Just ask Mike Brown, an alum from the class of ‘71. Mike had a wonderful experience at Bishop Kenny where he played baseball and football. His most memorable experience at BK was in his sophomore year when the boys’ school and the girls’ school combined. His favorite teacher at BK was Coach Gazdick who taught biology. He can recall watching PE classes from the 200 building were students used boxing gloves to resolve their personal issues. He will say the fights did not last long because the gloves were very heavy.  Mike eventually came back to Bishop Kenny for his second tour of duty as a world history and social studies teachers. He graced the halls of Bishop Kenny for 10 years and coached track and field from 1991-2000.

Mike went on to play baseball at JU where he was awarded a scholarship. In his senior year, Mike began experiencing a sore shoulder from all his years of playing baseball and decided it was time for a break. One year later, after a day of surveying property in the Argyle area of Orange Park, Mike noticed a team of young athletes on FSCJ west side campus throwing the javelin.

Mike felt that his shoulder was healed and was interested in trying a throw. In his muddy work clothes Mike approached the team and asked for a shot at the javelin. To everyone’s surprise, Mike threw better than the other athletes on the field. This led to the coach inviting Mike to join the team as an unattached athlete. His first competition was the FSU Relays in Tallahassee where he exceeded expectations and raised the bar for competition.

Over the years, Mike learned to love the sport and excel in an entirely new arena. He was ranked #1 in the world nineteen times and holds five world records in the USA Track and Field Masters.

Mike Brown will be inducted into the USA Track and Field Masters Hall of Fame on July 30, 2022, in Lexington, KY. He will be joined by two other men and three women. Proof that when one door closes, another one opens.