Bolles alumnus Dee Brown ’86 is returning to Jacksonville and his college alma mater Jacksonville University as Executive Director of University and Athletic Relations, announced April 1 by JU Athletic Director Alex Ricker-Gilbert. Brown will be tasked with helping prepare coaches and student-athletes for leadership and success in athletics and life.
"We are thrilled to welcome Dee back to Jacksonville University," Ricker-Gilbert said. "I have had the great fortune of getting to know Dee over the last several years and we are getting an absolute superstar in the industry. His arrival furthers our mission of putting our students at the forefront of everything we do. Dee will work with all of our student-athletes, coaches and staff to assist with their growth and development. He's the exact fit that we needed for a role like this. He will be a leader on campus and beyond as we enhance our profile as a preeminent institution in the southeast. Welcome home, Dee!"
During his Bolles career, Dee Brown helped the basketball team to back-to back state finals, earning All-State honors as a senior. At JU, he earned All-American Honorable Mention and All-Sun Belt Conference honors as a junior and senior. Brown was inducted into the JU Hall of Fame in 2008 and is one of just six Dolphins to have their jersey retired. He was drafted in the first round of the 1990 NBA draft, selected 19th by the Boston Celtics. He was named to the NBA’s All-Rookie First Team and won the 1991 NBA Slam Dunk Contest with his memorable no-look dunk. Brown played 12 seasons in the NBA, also playing for the Toronto Raptors and retiring with the Orlando Magic. He went on to serve as a head coach in the WNBA and NBA G-League, an assistant coach in the NBA and general manager in the G-League. He has been an impactful servant-leader as well with involvement in a variety of community service efforts.
Brown returned to the Bolles San Jose Campus in January as the School honored him with the retirement of his #20 jersey during halftime of the Bolles-Bishop Kenny varsity boys basketball game on January 15.