Howard Brown
Coach, Administrator
Inducted in 2002
Howard came to Suffield in 1943 as a Physical Education Teacher and following the mid-year departure of his predecessor, was named varsity coach in basketball and baseball.  A true pioneer, he went on to coach for nine years, taking the fledgling high school sports program and molding it into a force to be reckoned with.  In 1944, Mr. Brown started the varsity soccer program.  In an era of limited resources for athletics, Mr. Brown and his athletes were responsible for maintaining the fields for competitive events.  Under his leadership, Suffield won its first ever conference soccer championship, and his 1953 basketball team came within a whisker of winning the first-ever State Championship, losing in overtime to Stafford.
 
In 1954, he was tapped to be Acting Principal at the high school when the incumbent became ill and the following year was named Principal.  Continuing his service to Suffield and its youth, in 1965 he was named Assistant Superintendent of Schools, a post he held until his retirement in 1979.
 
Beyond his SHS involvement, Mr. Brown was a member of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC), Chairman of the CIAC Fees Committee, Chairman of the CIAC Eligibility Committee, Vice-Chairman of the CIAC Basketball Committee and the First Chairman of the Suffield Recreation Committee.  In addition, he was a High and Prep School Soccer Official for 22 years, a New England Intercollegiate Soccer Official for 18 years and refereed the first NCAA Soccer Tournament at UCONN in 1959.