Joe B. Brown
Joe B. Brown's accomplishments as the head basketball coach at Garland High School have earned him induction into the Garland Sports Hall of Fame. During a 13-year period, 1960-1972, he guided the Owls to a district championship in 1962 and bi-district championships in 1966 and 1971. His teams always were in contention for the district title and, besides the three championships, the Owls were district runner-up a remarkable seven times. His 1971 quintet may have been the most successful team Garland has produced. Besides a bi-district title, the team, led by Hall of Famer Ray Roberts, won the prestigious Dr. Pepper Tournament and was victorious in 32 games while losing only three. In his 13 years as the basketball coach, the Owls won 262 games and lost 141 contests, for a 65% winning record. Prior to coaching at Garland High School , he was the basketball coach at Garland Junior High School for three years. His players learned much about commitment, integrity, and hard work ethics while he was their mentor. Following the 1972 season he retired from coaching and became a school administrator, serving the Garland Independent School District for an additional 20 years, before retiring in 1993 after completing 37 years with the district. Brown also coached many years in community sports programs: T-Ball, Little League, Pony League, and PeeWee Basketball. He was a Division 1 football official for 25 years and was presented a lifetime membership in the Dallas Southwest Football Officials Association Chapter, the highest award given. He officiated at state playoff games for 12 years. Brown was a past president of the Garland Noon Lions Club and he also was very active as a church elder at the Saturn Road Church of Christ. Brown and his wife Jackie were parents of four children, Jay Brown, Julie Douthit, Janet Wyatt, and Jill Hatfield.