Joe Brown ready for challenge as new athletic director at Niwot

Cougars took home nine state trophies in 2018-19

NIWOT — The search for Niwot’s next athletic director finally came to an end in late June.

Starting this coming school year, Joe Brown will be the athletic director at Niwot. He takes over for outgoing athletic director Chase McBride, who is taking over as athletic director for the St. Vrain Valley School District.

Following a three-year tenure as AD at Roosevelt, Brown said he is excited for the next chapter of his career and a chance to join such an athletically successful school as Niwot.

“What really drew me to the position was that over the last several years at Roosevelt, I’ve been able to work with several St. Vrain athletic directors and I’ve gotten to know that community,” Brown said. “It’s a great opportunity to build on the already great history at Niwot. It’s a great place to be.”

Originally from Oklahoma, Brown attended the University of Northern Colorado. Between his time as a teacher, a coach and as athletic director Brown was at Roosevelt for 13 years.

At Niwot, Brown takes over an athletic department that has produced dozens of individual and team state championships over the past several years. The Cougars have finished runner-up in the Cup for two years in a row.

“It was an incredible year for Niwot,” Brown said. “To have the opportunity to come into programs that are that high caliber and to work with coaches and kids like that is great. It’s a new standard that Niwot has set for itself and we’ll try to continue to set the bar even higher while we’re helping kids along the way.”

At Roosevelt, Brown coached boys basketball and track and field, and was a social studies teacher. He took over as Roosevelt’s athletic director in 2016 and oversaw multiple Tri-Valley League titles, including league championships in track, cross country and cheer.

Kevin Clark was originally hired to fill the open athletic director position at Niwot but the former Loveland athletic director was subsequently offered a position as the Thompson School District athletic director and could not turn down an opportunity to stay in Loveland where he and his family were already settled.

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