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Retired basketball coach, Dale Brown, was born on October 31, 1935 in Minot, North Dakota. Dale Brown is the winningest coach in LSU men's basketball history and led the Tigers to Final Four appearances in 1981 and 1986. He coached the team for one quarter of a century and is also remembered as one of the most vocal critics of the NCAA because he felt they legislated against human dignity.
Dale Brown has been serving up grand slam programs to audiences throughout the world. As a professional speaker, he works with organizations that want to achieve success and inspire a winning attitude towards work and towards life. Dale Brown is recognized as one of the most accomplished and gifted speakers in the world and his gift for motivating both teams and individuals is legendary. As a basketball coach at Louisiana State University for 25 years (1972-1997), he appeared in 15 straight national tournaments and is the second winningest coach in SEC history behind Kentucky's Adolph Rupp. He led teams to 17 consecutive non-losing seasons. Only three coaches have won more conference championships than Coach Brown and he has won conference championships in three different decades. He has led his teams to two Final Fours and four Elite Eights.
Dale Brown was named SEC Coach of the Year or runner-up nine times and was twice named National Basketball Coach of the Year. Since Coach Brown's retirement from LSU in 1997, he has become a successful author, traveled the world as a speaker and is the creator of a syndicated radio program, Motivational Moments on NPR. He has also served as a college basketball analyst for ESPN and ABC. He is currently CEO of Dale Brown Enterprises and the Dale Brown Foundation. His speeches before hundreds of corporations have earned him the title of "America's Greatest Motivator" and he has been rated by many as "The best in his field." He is a fiery competitor and he knows the exhilaration that comes from winning. His philosophy is based upon winning, leadership, conviction and personal growth, whether it is a small company, a giant corporation, a group of athletes or a single individual.
Dale Brown is the only SEC coach to have ever appeared in 15 straight national tournaments and only 11 coaches in NCAA history have made more consecutive NCAA appearances (10). Only the legendary Adolph Rupp of Kentucky has won more games in SEC history. Brown and Rupp are the only SEC coaches that had 17 consecutive non-losing seasons. Only 3 coaches in the SEC have won more conference championships, Adolph Rupp, Joe Hall, and Tubby Smith.
Only 6 coaches in the SEC have led their teams to two Final Fours or more. They are Dale Brown, Billy Donovan, Joe Hall, Rick Pitino, Nolan Richardson, and Adolph Rupp.
John Wooden said, "Dale Brown did an outstanding job in raising the level of LSU basketball to the status of equality to anyone in the country. Also, if heads of states throughout this troubled world of ours had real concern and consideration for others as Dale Brown, I doubt if our racial, religious, and political problems would be a major issue."
Billy Packer stated, "Dale Brown is one of those rare individuals who has the ability to take on the toughtest of tasks regardless of the odds against success and come out a winner. He has proven to be one of college basketball's best and a fine coach and man."
In the summer of 2007, Brown appeared on the ABC show Shaq's Big Challenge to offer words of encouragement to Shaquille O'Neal about helping obese children. He also was an advisor to Matthew McConaughey, who played the role of a coach in the movie We Are Marshall.
When Norman Vincent Peale, the father of positive thinking, met Dale Brown, he said, "If I wasn't feeling positive before, I am now. Dale is a great motivational speaker and has the ability to reach people and to get them to make the most out of their lives."
Legendary Coach John Wooden said, "If heads of states throughout this troubled world of ours had real concern and consideration for others as Dale Brown, I doubt if our racial, religious, and political problems would be a major issue. He is, without doubt, one of the most inspirational speakers and motivators that I have heard or been around."
World renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, whose list of celebrity patients reads like a who's who of bionic men and women says he turns to Dale Brown when he needs his spirits lifted.
Shaquille O'Neal, Pro Basketball Player stated, "Coach Brown is one of my heroes, he speaks with passion and because he taught me to listen, they say I am the best big man ever."