Kevin Brown enters the seventh year of his second stint with the Gamecocks in the 2016 season. His primary responsibility is working with the pole vaulters in addition to working with South Carolina's well-respected relay teams and sprinters. Brown is also the program's recruiting coordinator.
Last season, he had success coaching multi-event athlete Markus Leemet. In just his first season on the roster, Leemet recorded the program's second-highest heptathlon and decathlon scores ever and earned All-America honors in the decathlon for the outdoor season. Brown also helped to coordinate one of the most talented recruiting classes in the program's recent history.
While in his first stint at Carolina, Brown was named to the Team USA coaching staff for the 2003 Junior Pan American Games and served as an assistant coach during the competition in Barbados. In December 2002, he was voted to the Team USA staff by the USATF Coaches Championship Selection Committee, a group that selects national coaching staffs for International competition including the Pan American Games and Goodwill Games. Brown became the second USC assistant coach to serve as a part of a Team USA staff.
Under Brown's tutelage as pole vault coach in his first stint at South Carolina, pole vaulter Chris Steddum earned three first-place finishes during the 2003 outdoor season, including a meet record 17-0 3/4" to win the Orange and Purple Classic at Clemson, a vault that earned him SEC Athlete of the Week honors. Steddum finished second at the SEC Indoor Championships. In 2002, Steddum finished fourth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2002 and was named All-American. He also finished fourth at the SEC Indoor Championships, second at the SEC Outdoor Championships and eighth in the NCAA Indoor Championships in the pole vault, garnering All-American honors.
In 2001, Brown coached Jared Farabee and Steddum to a one-two finish at the SEC Outdoor Championships. Steddum also qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships and set a school record with a height of 17'-8. Farabee posted a first place finish in the pole vault at the Penn Relays.
In 2011, Brown coached Lakya Brookins to a NCAA record in the 60-meter dash at 7.09. Brookins won the 2009 60m NCAA title as a sophomore and capped her senior indoor season with a second title in 2011 where she tied the record in the finals to win the championship.
Marvin Reitze also reached national prominence under Brown as she was the runner up in the pole vault in the SEC and NCAA Indoor Championships. Reitze vaulted 18'1 to become the Penn Relay's Pole Vault Champion and was named Field Event Athlete of the Meet. In addition to his athletic accomplishments, Reitze was also a NCAA Academic All-American.
Prior to coming to South Carolina in 2000, Brown spent two years as assistant coach at the University of Akron. While at Akron, Brown assisted with the sprints on the track and field team and specialized as the team's field events and jumps coach.
Brown began his coaching career in 1995 as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina, where he left as the most decorated vaulter in school history.
A pole vault All-American in 1994, Brown placed fourth for the Tar Heels at the NCAA meet, clearing 18-0 1/2. Brown was the only college vaulter in the state of North Carolina to clear 18-0 in 1994. He was an Atlantic Coast Conference scorer in five different events including the pole vault, long jump, triple jump, 4x400 and the 4x100. He still holds the UNC indoor and outdoor records in the pole vault.
A native of Richmond, Va., Brown attended Henrico High School where he was the 1989 Virginia state high school champion in the pole vault. Brown also was a Junior Olympic Regional Champion while he lettered in football, wrestling and track and field.
A 2000 and 1996 Olympic Trials qualifier, his personal best in the pole vault is 18-6.
Brown graduated from North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in recreational administration. He and his wife Ebonic have four children, Dymonic, Daija, Dorien and Daila, and reside in Columbia.