Hall of Fame Official Ormond Brown Passes Away
The East Alabama Community lost a highly accomplished & successful figure in the officiating world. Ormond Brown died Tuesday, May 26th. Brown officiated high school basketball and football in the AHSAA for more than 50 years. The Gadsden native and graduate of Emma Sansom High School was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2001 – just the eighth official to be enshrined. He worked more than 30 state basketball finals, numerous state playoff games and all-star games. He also umpired baseball for 10 years and served as an officer of his local officiating association for many years. Brown also served the AHSAA as a clinician, camp instructor and district director for basketball. He also officiated at the college level for 32 years, including 17 with the Southeastern Conference. He worked five SEC tournaments and one NIT Tourney. As a JUCO and NAIA official, Brown officiated three national JUCO tournaments and three NAIA national tourneys. He held an international officiating license for 10 years. He was also enshrined into the first class of the Alabama Sports Officials Foundation Hall of Fame in 2019 and was also inducted into the Etowah County Sports Hall of Fame.
(Information Courtesy: AHSAA)