Brian And Natasha Brown Depart Drake For Positions At Missouri

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Longtime Drake University Athletics staff members Brian Brown and Natasha Kaiser-Brown are leaving their positions to pursue professional opportunities at the University of Missouri, the couple announced Thursday, Aug. 4Brian Brown has served as the Franklin ‘Pitch’ Johnson Drake Relays Director for the past 11 years while also fulfilling duties as an associate athletic director and assistant track and field coach. Natasha Kaiser-Brown has been the head coach of the Bulldogs’ track and field programs for the past 15 years.Brian, who received his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Missouri, will assume the role of Assistant Athletic Director for Mizzou Made within the Tigers’ athletics department, while Natasha—a Missouri graduate, former Missouri assistant coach, and one of the most decorated Mizzou student-athletes in history—will serve as the Tigers’ associate head track and field coach.”I want to thank Brian and Natasha for their extraordinary commitment to Drake University for more than a decade. Both have been integral parts of our athletics department’s success since arriving in Des Moines,” said Drake Director of Athletics Sandy Hatfield Clubb. “Brian’s vision and leadership has helped advance the historic Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee to one of the marquee events in the world, while Natasha has led our track and field programs and its student-athletes to great success on and off the track.”During his 11 years as the director, Brian Brown has widened the scope of the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee to include events such as the invitational pole vault at Jordan Creek Town Center and Capital Square and the Grand Blue Mile. Inside Drake Stadium, his vision helped created world-class fields that served as either Olympic or World Championship previews and rematches. This past year, the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee attracted more than 50 athletes that will represent their countries in the upcoming Olympic games.”I am grateful to Drake University and Sandy Hatfield Clubb for trusting me to be a member of her administrative team and to lead such a historic event,” Brian Brown said. “The Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee has been a labor of love, and I’m proud to have played a role in the magnificent history of the Relays. The decision to accept this new opportunity came after much prayer with my family, and I believe it provides a new avenue for me to make a positive impact on the lives of others.”Natasha Kaiser-Brown, a Des Moines native and Olympic silver medalist, has guided the Bulldog track and field program since 2000, and has helped the team set 40 school records while consistently producing Missouri Valley Conference champions and NCAA qualifiers. Under her leadership, the program has blossomed academically as the women’s team recorded the 12th highest grade point average in the nation in 2015 while both the men’s and women’s teams have been named U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Associates All-Academic teams each of the last five years. Kaiser-Brown came to Drake from Missouri after seven years as an assistant coach at her alma mater.”It is very difficult to leave a place after so many wonderful years,” Natasha Kaiser-Brown said. “I cannot thank the administration, staff, and faculty enough for all that they have done to support, shape, educate, and challenge me. I will forever be appreciative of the opportunity to be a part of the Drake family and will greatly miss working alongside my colleagues and the amazing and talented men and women of the cross country and track and field programs.” Drake will begin immediate national searches to fill both positions.”It is a testimony to how special Brian and Natasha are as people that Missouri would shape positions specifically to attract the couple. Each of them in their own right has left big shoes to fill. However, both have advanced the University in ways that make it possible to attract world class talent to lead Drake into our next level of success,” Hatfield Clubb added. “We wish both of them and their family the absolute best as they begin this next chapter of their life.”Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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