FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – July 6, 2022 – Former Saint Thomas Academy coach Gerry Brown has been named this year’s recipient of the John Gagliardi Legacy Award by the Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation. Brown will be honored during this summer’s Minnesota Football Honors show.
“Gerry Brown not only was one of the most successful high school coaches in our state, but he made an even larger impact on the lives of student-athletes,” said Todd Fultz, President of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation. “Many former students have pursued their dreams because of the support and encouragement that they have received from Gerry on and off the field. Coach Brown was one of the most successful coaches in Minnesota high school football and we’re thrilled to recognize him during our Minnesota Football Honors broadcast.”
Gerry Brown became one of Minnesota’s most successful high school football coaches. During his 21-year career as Saint Thomas Academy’s head coach, Brown posted a 173-34-1 and an 83.4 winning percentage. He also led Saint Thomas Academy to nine state playoff appearances, 13 conference championships, three inter-conference championships, three section championships, one state playoff championship and two final No. 1 rankings. Brown retired as head coach following the 1989 season, but continued serving Saint Thomas Academy in other roles.
Brown has received countless awards for his accomplishments on the field, in the classroom and community. He was inducted into the Minnesota Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame and earned the Myser Prize for Teaching Excellence. Additionally, Saint Thomas Academy’s on-campus football stadium was named Gerry Brown Stadium in 1994.
The John Gagliardi Legacy Award honors the late John Gagliardi, one of the greatest college football coaches of all time. The former St. John’s head coach made a difference in the lives of many former players, coaches and fans. This annual award carries on his legacy by honoring the top coaches in Minnesota football history.
Minnesota Football Honors is hosting a show to honor this year’s high school, college and Minnesota Vikings award winners. Special guests will be featured, including Vikings players. An official broadcast date will be announced soon on www.minnesotafootballhonors.com.
About the Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation:
The Minnesota Chapter of The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame is a local nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote amateur football’s ability to develop leadership, sportsmanship, competitive spirit and academic excellence in Minnesota’s young people. The Minnesota Chapter recognizes legendary football icons, college football Hall of Famers and Minnesota’s top high school and college football scholar athletes. For more information, visit www.nffmn.org, or Facebook (@MNFootballHonors) and Twitter (@NFFMN).
Todd Fultz, President - MN Chapter of the National Football Foundation
Daniel House, Director of Media Relations and Content
MN Chapter of The National Football Foundation
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