Longtime NAU Walkup Skydome Director and former women’s basketball coach Dave Brown joined the Lumberjack Radio Network as the color commentator on all men’s basketball home games in the 2008-09 season and is entering his third year on the broadcast team for the Lumberjacks. He joins the “Voice of the Lumberjacks” Mitch Strohman for each radio and television broadcast on the Lumberjack Radio Network, Fox College Sports, Universityhouse and FSN Arizona.
Brown is in his 29th year at NAU and his 21st as director of the J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome. He spent the spring semester of 2004 as the interim athletics director while maintaining his other campus responsibilities with the Skydome.
Brown has served in varying roles, including co-athletics director in the mid-1980s, but has been in his current position overseeing all operations of the Skydome since 1990. He also manages several special programs, including the university's scheduling of operations for Rolle Activity Center and Lumberjack Stadium.
Brown is also the NAU liaison with the Arizona Cardinals, coordinating and securing facilities for the teams’ annual training camps in Flagstaff. He was the facility coordinator for the Pepsi Big Sky Conference men’s basketball tournaments in 1997 and 1998, as well as the 1993, 1997, 2000 and 2003 Big Sky Conference indoor track and field meets. In 1993, Brown was named NAU student supervisor of the year.
Brown has recently overseen the Skydome roof and floor resurfacing projects and the upcoming Skydome renovation project in December 2010.
A former basketball and track athlete at New Mexico State, Brown arrived at NAU in 1983 as the women’s head basketball coach, remaining on the sidelines through the 1989-90 season. He headed the 1985-86 Jacks that tallied the program’s first winning season, a 17-8 mark with NAU Hall of Famers Mindy Sherred and Julie Hanks. He also served as associate athletics director and co-athletics director at NAU before assuming his current duties.
Before NAU, Brown was athletics director at Yavapai College in Prescott and Brophy College Prep in Phoenix. He coached at both schools and led the Yavapai men’s basketball team to a fourth-place finish in the NJCAA Championships.
Brown, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from NMSU, is a longtime member of Phi Delta Kappa and participates in Big Brothers. He is married to Louise, who is the associate director of the du Bois Conference Center on campus. The couple has two daughters: Leslie, married to Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman, and Jennifer Killeen, a registered nurse at Flagstaff Medical Center and flight nurse with Guardian Medical. They have three grandchildren, Braeden and Jaxson Forman and Peighton Killeen.