BRUCE BROWN
1950 - 2020
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Bruce Brown

age 70, of Strasburg, passed away on Sunday June 28, 2020 at the Cleveland Clinic surrounded by family, after a long and courageous battle with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis and liver cancer. Bruce was born May 9, 1950 in Columbus, Ohio to Troy and Ruth (McCampbell) Brown. Bruce graduated from Pleasant View High School in Columbus, Ohio in 1968. He attended Bowling Green State University, graduating in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science in Education, Biology, Health, and Physical Education. In 1985-1986, he received a Vocational Certification for Occupational Work Experience from The Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati. Bruce received a Master of Education with a focus in Educational Administration from Ashland University in 2002. Bruce's basketball legacy spanned three decades from 1973-1999. He began his head coaching career at Franklin Heights High School in Columbus, Ohio. From there, he moved on to Maumee followed by Jackson High School. In 1981, Bruce became the assistant men's basketball coach at Bowling Green State University, helping to win the MAC championship in 1983. From 1983-1999, he was the head coach at seven other Ohio high schools, finishing his head coaching career at Uniontown Lake High School. While coaching, Bruce taught physical education, health, science, and OWE. From 1998-2014, Bruce served as the Blue Streak Athletic Director at Uniontown Lake High School. Since 2011, Bruce has held the position of Executive Director with the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, while also holding the position of Ex-Officio Board of Directors with the Ohio High School Athletic Association. Since 2017, he joined the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, serving as the representative to the NIAAA Board of Directors from the National Executive Directors Council. In addition to working on the above boards and committees, Bruce also oversaw multiple athletic facility projects and was the author of over 60 published articles in professional coaching/athletic administration journals. Bruce has received many prestigious awards in his lifetime for all of his accomplishments, hard work, and dedication to Ohio athletic administrators and athletes. Recognitions include: League Basketball Coach of the Year (four times), Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association "Hall of Fame" award for 200 wins, one of the first 30 Ohio High School Athletic Administrators to receive CMAA designation from the NIAAA, National Nominee for NIAAA Frank Kovalesky Professional Development Award, Recipient of National and Federations of High School Associations Citation Award, National Nominee for NIAAA Athletic Directors Hall of Fame, Ohio Athletic Administrator of the Year, Northeast Ohio Athletic Administrator of the Year, and the National Coach Educator of the Year. A mentor and coach to many, Bruce was devoted, compassionate, and dedicated about everything he did and everyone he met. There was nowhere he would go that he did not run into someone he knew. His work ethic was unmatched, always giving 110% in everything he did, teaching us all how to strive for our goals and be successful in our endeavors. Bruce was excellent and diligent in his career, but he always found time for the things he loved the most including his family, friends, time in Charleston, South Carolina, golfing, Duke basketball, working out, and above all, his two beautiful grandchildren who proudly call him "COACH."

Bruce was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Brown; father, Troy Brown; and brother, Brian Brown. Bruce is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Cindy; children, Blaire (Jered) Gamble, Megan (Chris) Seeley, Logan McGeehen, and Lauren (Colin) Packert; sister, Bonnie (Kim) Chalupa of Houston, Tex.; half-brother, Brad (Lois) Brown of Cape Coral, Fla.; and two beautiful grandchildren, Kendra and Graham Seeley.

Visitation will be held Thursday, July 2nd., from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Lake High School Gymnasium, 709 Market Ave. S.W., Uniontown, OH 44685 (Please use door #40), where Funeral service will be held Friday, July 3rd., 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Jason Rissler officiating (Please use door #22 on King Church side). The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the Gymnasium, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Bruce's family suggests that memorial contributions be made in his name to the Lake Athletic Booster Club. #AlwaysaBlueStreak

(Hopkins Lawver, UNIONTOWN, 330-733-6271)

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Published in IndeOnline on Jul. 1, 2020.
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July 6, 2020
mary anderson
Family
July 2, 2020
i enjoyed working with Bruce, first as a basketball official and later as high school principal. He was a good coach but a better man. He made a positive impact everywhere he went.
Tom Rutan
Friend
July 2, 2020
Bruce, May you rest in peace. You were a great guy to work with on The O IAAA board. A great leader ,you lose will leave a huge void .Until we meet again God bless. Your fellow A. D. Tom Farbizo
thomas farbizo
Teacher
July 2, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Ron Hutcheson
July 2, 2020
Our Prayers go out to Bruce's Family. RIP Bruce
Larry and Mary Claire Wilson
July 1, 2020
Our thoughts are with the family and friends at this time.
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July 1, 2020
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I have had the pleasure of cutting Bruce's hair for a number of years. He was one of those clients that when I saw his name on my book I knew it was going to be a day with a bright spot in it. He always had a bright smile and a kind word. He loved sharing stories about his travels, sunsets over Bohicket Marina and of course pictures of grandchildren.
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Danielle Rossi
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July 1, 2020
first and foremost, my condolences to the family on the passing of coach brown. for what it is worth, I have never posted on such a forum but for some reason I feel compelled to do so... I received a text from a high school teammate letting me know of coach brown's passing. I played for coach at Maumee high school for one season, 76,77 which was his first year at Maumee. looking back at that time, I can now truly say coach brown sincerely cared for his players.... after our season ended he provided me a handwritten note that I still have to this day. my thoughts and prayers go out to coach brown's family. jim freimark
jim freimark
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July 1, 2020
Our sincere condolences to the entire brown family from his New Jersey colleagues and friends stay strong
Bob Hopek
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June 30, 2020
So sorry to hear of the loss of your husband Cindy. My deepest sympathies. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Sue Kloc
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