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1/23/2013 2:54:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Scott Brown
CHS AD Scott Brown named CTL Athletic Director of the Year
Kacie Thrift
Staff Writer

Cashmere High School Athletic Director Scott Brown was unanimously voted as the Caribou Trail League Athletic Director of the Year last week.

Brown, who is in the middle of his seventh year as Cashmere High School Athletic Director and Vice Principal, said he feels honored to have received this award. Years ago, when Brown was attending Washington State University, he wanted to be a doctor.

"I just wanted to help people," Brown said. "Specifically children. I wanted to be a pediatrician."

In his junior year at WSU, Brown reflected on everything his parents have done for children as educators. It was then Brown decided to finish his degree in Biology and head to Eastern Washington University to receive his biological education degree.

Brown's first job was at Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane where he taught the sciences and coached football and softball. After two years in Spokane, he received a teaching and coaching job in Wenatchee. Even though his job was in Wenatchee, he had heard about what a great place Cashmere was to live. He lived there for his six years while teaching and coaching at Wenatchee.

"I moved to Cashmere when I started teaching in Wenatchee in 1998. Even though I didn't work here, this is where I wanted my family to be and stay," Brown said.

Brown received a principal job in Almira-Coulee-Heartline but kept his home in Cashmere so his family could stay here while he made the long commute. After two years in ACH, Brown received the job he had been hoping for, the Athletic Director and Vice Principal position at Cashmere High School.

"The two roles are incredibly blended. The way this district is set up and most districts I have seen, the roles are so blended you can hardly separate them," Brown said of taking on two roles for his career. "Often, what has to do with discipline has to do with that individual in athletics. One can be at times negative and one at times can be rewarding they compliment each other quite a bit and work well together."

As a kid, Brown grew up around sports whether it was watching his hometown teams play in tournaments or playing sports himself. He said he and his family would go to the State Basketball Tournament in Spokane every year to watch even if his school wasn't there.

Brown stays busy taking on his two roles at the Cashmere High School but he is also a father to four, works as the Eligibility Chair for the district, and has been the tournament manager for multiple State and Regional level athletic tournaments.

"As busy as I am I wouldn't be able to do it without the athletic secretary Jan Hodgsen. She keeps me organized, straight, and she does so much of the leg work for finding help, setting up rosters, and entering kids in the computer systems," Brown said.

Over the past seven years, Brown has overseen three State Titles and multiple League and District Titles. According to him, his work isn't nearly done.

As athletic director, Brown said he wants to help in any way he can to get the sports teams to make it to State and win the State Title. Brown said he plans on scheduling the appropriate level of competition to help the athletes get better and hire the best coaches he can for the students.

The main goal Brown will be working on for the next few years is making a comprehensive athletic program for Kindergarten through 12th grade.

"We want a K-through-12th program rather than a ninth-through-12th program," Brown said. "I want our coaches getting into AAU, youth soccer, baseball and working with youth coaches to help build our youth program by using our skills, terminology, and concepts so we are one program."

Brown said when it comes to sports, Cashmere focuses on optimum conditioning, strong fundamentals, and class and pride. He said he wants to work hard as the athletic director to make sure the Cashmere athletic teams stay this way.

Brown is a big sports supporter, but as the vice principal, he enjoys seeing students get involved in all activities.

"I think when kids get involved in things they get pride in themselves or what ever group they are involved in. When they take pride in those activities and groups they start to want to do better and be successful," Brown said. "To me those groups help some kids get through school because they want to do well in the classroom to do those activities after school."

Kevin Terris, Tonasket High School Assistant Principal and AD, said Brown is a great AD, a good guy, and the community is lucky to have him.

Kacie Thrift may be reached at 782-3781 or

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