Jim Brown has been a constant for the Dixon Bulldogs where he has had several positions since 1984. Brown announced his retirement at the end of May this year.
This last track season the Bulldogs placed 39th place in Class 2 State Track and Field Championships. Two of the Bulldogs placed seventh in the state in javelin and the 400 meter dash.
Brown is a graduate of Crocker High School. He began his coaching and teaching career at Appleton City where he served as the head volleyball coach in 1978. He was also the head girls track coach and served as the girls basketball assistant coach during his time.
Brown began the Appleton City volleyball program in 1979, where he won his first district championship in 1983.
He took the opportunity to move back to the area in 1984 when he was offered a teaching job at the Dixon School District.
He has served several head and assistant positions at the Dixon High School and Dixon Middle School. He has served at the head high school volleyball coach, head high school track coach, head high school cross country coach and the head high school girls basketball coach. He has served as the middle school boys and girls basketball coaches over the years. He has also served as the head track and cross country coaches while at the middle school. He has also served as the 9th grade boys basketball coach in the early 2000’s.
In 1984 he started the middle school track program, where he helped them wintwo Frisco League Championships in the 1980’s.
Brown has won the girls Frisco League Track Meet four times from 1988-1991. His team placed second in the State Championship meet in 1989. His team won the 4x200 meter relay at the Class 2 State Championship in 1989. The Lady Bulldogs also placed fourth in 1999 in the state championship for the girls. He won a the Frisco League Junior High Cross Country Boys Title in 1989 and the junior high track boys titles in 1988 and 1989.
When asked about his middle school track past, here is what he said, “My teams have had a great deal of success over the years. I hope I prepared every athlete to do the best they could.”
He also said this about his high school coaching, “We were successful as the conference, district, and state levels. I was lucky to have some very talented kids to work with. I have also had some very good people who worked with me as a teachers and assistants.”
He took a break from coaching when he served as the head principal at the middle school from 2000-2008. He returned to coaching in 2008 after retiring from teaching when he took over the high school and middle school track and cross programs again. He stayed at that position until he retired.
The Bulldogs won the Frisco League Championship Track Meet for the boys in 2014. The Lady Bulldogs has also won the girls cross country conference championship in 2015 and 2016. He was also a helping hand in the 2017 and 2018 middle school championship track boys teams.
He has earned several awards from the state over the years. He was selected as the 2A Girls Track Coach of the year in 1990. In 2003 and 2008 Brown was selected by the South Central Association as the Middle School Principle of the year.
When asked about his future plans, he said this, “I plan to watch my grandkids play ball and catch up on yard work. I will travel and spend time with the family. I will continue to work as a DJ for KFBD.
The cross country and track programs are going to have new head coaches next season, but will have familiar faces who have been with the programs for several year to continue the success.