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He’s getting a big honor, but this Coast coach cares most about his ‘kids’

Biloxi coach Joseph Brown will be inducted into the Mississippi Valley State Hall of Fame this weekend.
Biloxi coach Joseph Brown will be inducted into the Mississippi Valley State Hall of Fame this weekend. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com

Joseph Brown will accept his greatest athletic honor Saturday night at Mississippi Valley State University.

He will be inducted into MVSU’s Hall of Fame at 6 p.m. at the school’s R.W. Harrison Complex in Itta Bena.

Brown played running back for the Delta Devils from 1972 to 1976 under coach Davis Weathersby. He started during his freshman and junior seasons. During his junior season, Valley won its 200th game with a 16-6 victory over in-state rival Alcorn State. He lettered three years at MVSU.

For the former Pass Christian High football coach and Biloxi High girls basketball coach, the induction brings back lots of memories from his college days.

“I’m excited to be part of the history at Mississippi Valley State,” he said. “Going into the Hall of Fame is an honor, especially when you’re still living.”

Brown, who played at then–Central High School in Liberty, originally intended to sign with Texas Southern. He chose MVSU instead because the Delta Devils offered immediate playing time.

At MVSU, he played against two future Pro Football Hall of Famers at Jackson State — running back Walter Payton and offensive lineman Jackie Slater.

Brown eventually landed on the Coast. His coaching career began at Harrison Central as an assistant football coach in 1978. He took over as head football coach at Pass Christian in 1988, coaching the Pirates until 1996. The Pirates had three winning seasons under Brown (1990, 1991, 1994).

A decade later, he became the Lady Indians’ basketball coach in 2003. He went 212-105 in 12 seasons at Biloxi, earning three 20-plus win seasons, two division championships and nine South State playoff appearances. All of his teams also had a overall grade-point average of at least 3.0.

“My reward comes from seeing the players graduate,” Brown said. “They come back in town to visit you, invite you to their wedding or send you a text on Father’s Day.

“I treated the players as if they were my own kids.”

Brown, 62, believes Valley set the foundation for his solid 34-year coaching career.

“I learned at Valley about discipline and caring about the players,” Brown said. “At Valley, they took care of you. It’s about commitment and dedication. Valley had a big influence on me. I enjoyed playing at Valley.”

Brown, 62, believes Valley set the foundation for his solid 34-year coaching career.

“I learned at Valley about discipline and caring about the players,” Brown said. “At Valley, they took care of you. It’s about commitment and dedication. Valley had a big influence on me. I enjoyed playing at Valley.”

James Jones: 228-896-2320, @_jkjones

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