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Fredericksburg football coach inducted into Sports Faith Hall of Fame

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Hugh Brown, head football coach of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic High School in Fredericksburg, will be inducted into the Sports Faith Hall of Fame May 22. 

Created by Sports Faith International in 2008, the organization is dedicated to contributing to positive cultural change by showcasing the virtues and achievements of exemplary athletes, coaches and teams.

Past inductees include legendary founder of the NFL George Halas, former iconic owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers Art Rooney and New York Giants owner Wellington Mara. Patrick McCaskey, vice president of the Chicago Bears, nominated Coach Brown and states:

In his three years as the St. Michael Warriors head football coach, Brown achieved a 23-4 record. In the program’s infancy in 2018, Brown led the team to an 8-1 record and a Military Bowl championship in the Eastern Christian Conference. The team’s first year of VISAA state competition in 2019 saw them defeat the perennial state powerhouse Roanoke Catholic on the last play of the game to win the state championship.

In fall 2020, the Warriors played in the first high school football game in Virginia that season. With dedicated preparation, the Warriors overcame COVID-19 and defeated their first-ever Division 1 opponent and their first public school opponent. Brown attributes the team’s success to their culture of faithfulness, to putting family first and to hard work. He has had numerous players receive football scholarships for college.

Brown is a University of Maryland alum who played linebacker, 1987-91. Brown ran a printing and mailing company from the early 1990s through 2017. He is now executive vice president of American Life League, a national Catholic pro-life organization. Brown and his wife, Ann, have five children.

"I am humbled and honored at this incredible blessing," Brown said.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2021