Wheeler Brown is in his first full year as Director of Athletics at Jackson State University. He was named interim AD on September 30 and assumed the full leadership title of Director of Athletics on December 10, 2015.
Brown has more than two decades of athletics administration experience. Prior to coming to JSU, Brown served the Associate Director of Athletics at Coppin State University from 2013-2015. He also served as the Director of Athletics at his alma mater North Carolina A&T State University from 2007-2010, where under his leadership the Lady Aggies basketball team won the MEAC championship in 2009, as well as making an NCAA Tournament appearance. The Lady Aggies also posted wins over Wake Forest and UNC-Charlotte during the 2010 WNIT Tournament.
Prior to Brown being named the Interim Director of Athletics at JSU, he served as the university’s Associate Athletic Director for Compliance.
Brown accepted his first collegiate athletics administration position in 1996, when he was named Assistant Athletics Director and Assistant men’s basketball coach at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia. Two years later he was promoted to head men’s basketball coach. In 2001, Brown was named an Associate Athletics Director at Bowie State University. In 2002, he returned to the NCA&T Athletics Department. While at NCA&T Brown was one of 12 people, from an applicant pool of over 300, to be accepted into the NCAA Fellows Program in 2008. The program (currently called the NCAA Pathway Program) pairs minorities and women who aspire to become Athletic Directors at Division I programs with an executive mentor who is a Division I Athletic Director.
In addition to completing the NCAA Fellows program, Brown also graduated from the Leadership Institute for Ethnic Minority Males in 2005. He has also been a member of the NCAA Athletic Certification Committee, which oversees the certification of every Division I athletics program.
Brown began his professional career as a teacher and coach at C.L. Harper High School in Atlanta, Ga. After a four-year stay at Harper, he returned to the Baltimore area in 1983 and worked as a Recreational Therapist at a group home for adolescents before accepting the head men’s basketball coaching position at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland in 1987. Over 11 seasons he compiled a 191-110 record as a collegiate head coach.
Brown is the only one of his three brothers to graduate high school. He credits his sister Edna Parker for inspiring him to attend college. She was the first in the family to earn a college education when she earned an undergraduate and graduate degree from Coppin State University.
Brown played for the Aggies football team from 1974-78, and graduated from N.C. A&T in 1979 with a degree in health and physical education. Brown, a native of Baltimore, Md., was a part of N.C. A&T’s first MEAC football championship in 1975.Brown was an all-conference performer at offensive tackle for the Aggies and was inducted into the NC A&T Hall of Fame in 2003.