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sau chucky brownRALEIGH, N.C. (April 1) - A former basketball standout well-known in the Triangle will be the next men's basketball coach at Saint Augustine's University.

The SAU Department of Athletics announced that Clarence "Chucky" Brown will lead the Falcons during a special press conference on Friday, April 1, 2022.

Brown has over three decades of basketball experience as a coach, player, scout and mentor. He played 13 years and either coached or scouted 15 years in the NBA. He set a league record for playing on the most teams (12) during his NBA career.

For the past three years, Brown was the head boys' varsity basketball coach at West Johnston High School in Benson, N.C.

Many fans remember Brown during his collegiate basketball days at N.C. State in the late 1980s, where he helped the Wolfpack win the ACC Title. Brown was the ACC's top rebounder and a first-team all-conference selection in 1989.

His basketball highlights also include an NBA title with the Houston Rockets in the 1994-95 season. He also won a championship in the Chinese Basketball Association, becoming one of two players to win NBA and CBA titles the same year.

Today, Brown devotes his life to mentoring and developing the youth. He is a Raleigh AAU volunteer coach and mentors N.C. State basketball and football players in addition to NBA G-League players.

Notable players he coached from the G League to the NBA are Aaron Bain, Jordan Farmer, Reggie Williams, Will Bynum, Anthony Grundy, Corey Alexander, Matt Carroll, Andre Blatche and Adam Morrison.

For 14 years, Brown has been a guest speaker for the Ultimate Experience in Basketball Camp in Raleigh, N.C. He also is the program director at the Basketball Academy at Prestonwood, a role he has held since 2017.

Though making a name for himself in basketball, Brown always knew that education was important. He proved that by finishing college after retiring from the NBA. Brown graduated from N.C. State in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology.

As a prep player in Leland, N.C., Brown starred at North Brunswick High School where he was an All-American and All-State standout.
Brown currently lives in Cary, N.C., with his wife Melanie and their three daughters.


sau elizabeth garySaint Augustine's University (SAU) graduate and stellar high school coach Elizabeth "Liz" Gary is back at her alma mater.

The SAU Department of Athletics announced Friday, April 1, that Gary will be the new head women's track and field coach for the Lady Falcons. The hiring comes full circle for Gary, who competed on the track and field team as a collegian before embarking on a tremendous high school coaching and teaching career.

Most of her success was at nearby Southeast Raleigh High School, where she spent 12 seasons as the head men's and women's track and field and cross country coach. During her tenure, Southeast Raleigh High School collected 15 state championships and was state runner-up four times.
Her work didn't go unnoticed. Gary was selected U.S. track and field coach of the year in 2016 and N.C. state female coach of the year in 2017.

Gary also exceled as an educator and administrator at Southeast Raleigh High School. She was the assistant athletic director for two years and has been a health and physical education instructor since 2010.

Her most recent honor was winning the school's 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year Award.

A Belhaven, N.C., native, Gary has educated and motivated students for 26 years. In addition to Southeast Raleigh High School, Gary has taught at North Garner High School, Beeber Middle School in Philadelphia, and Belhaven (N.C.) Junior High School. She was athletic director for five years at North Garner Middle School.

Her coaching career started after she graduated from then-Saint Augustine's College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education in 1992 and from East Carolina University with a Master of Arts in health education in 1994.

With her exceptional teaching and coaching skills, Gary is excited to be at Saint Augustine's University, where the Lady Falcons have claimed 10 of the track and field program's 39 NCAA Division II national titles.

As a student-athlete, Gary was a part of the track and field dynasty in the late1980s and early 1990s.

Gary was an stellar long distance runner for the Lady Falcons. She was a CIAA Cross Country champion, a two-time regional cross country qualifier, a CIAA outdoor champion in the 800-meter and 1500-meter run and was named the CIAA Most Valuable Runner in 1992.

She looks forward to more success as head coach.

Gary is married to husband Craig Morris, Jr. They have a son, Khalil, and daughter, Jordan.


sau bershawn jacksonSaint Augustine's University turns to one of its best-ever athletes to coach the phenomenally successful men's track and field program.

Bershawn "Batman" Jackson was announced as the Falcons' new head coach by the SAU Department of Athletics on Friday, April 1, 2022. He will take over a men's program that has won 29 of the Falcons' astounding 39 NCAA Division II national titles overall.

Jackson returns to his alma mater after an amazing career as a track athlete. He was one of the most recognizable faces in track and field in the 2000s. He was well-known across the globe in international and national meets as one of the world's top hurdlers.

Jackson exploded on the world track and field scene in 2005 by winning the gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles - his signature event - in the Helsinki World Championships. His victory was the beginning of a remarkably successful professional career which includes a bronze medal in the 400-meter hurdles in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The Miami, Fla., native is a five-time USA 400-meter hurdles champion, which is the most of any American hurdler.

Jackson also claimed gold on the 4x400-meter relay team for the United States in the 2009 Berlin and 2011 Daegu World Championships. He also won bronze in the 400-meter hurdles in the 2009 World Championships.

Before becoming an icon in the sport, Jackson rose to prominence at then-Saint Augustine's College in 2004. During the indoor season, he won the 400-meter dash and helped the Falcons win the 4x400-meter relay in the NCAA Division II Championships.

Jackson was just as successful during the outdoor season, winning the 400-meter hurdles and keying the 4x400-meter relay team to victory in the NCAA Division II Championships. He still holds the NCAA Division II national record in the 400-meter hurdles (48.48) and the NCAA DII championship record in the event (48.50).

In addition to being a four-time NCAA Division II individual champion, Jackson keyed the Falcons to the 2004 CIAA men's indoor title.
On May 8, 2010, Jackson earned his diploma from Saint Augustine's University, becoming the first in his family to receive a college degree.
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association honored Jackson by inducting him into its Hall of Fame in 2016.

Jackson retired from track & field in 2017. He is the founder and head coach of Run U Express Track and Field Club, based in Wake Forest, N.C. Run U Express serves the youth of Wake Forest, N.C., and provides each athlete the opportunity to reach his or her full potential by developing athletic strength, speed and endurance and fostering high self-esteem, self-worth, personal accountability, self-discipline, goal setting, and goal achievement.

Run U Xpress seeks to develop complete individuals who learn not only the fundamentals of athletic training but also, with the support of its athletes' families, the importance of education in an atmosphere conducive to developing good character.

Jackson is married to Shannon, and they have three children – Shawnti, Shari and Bershawn Jr. All three kids appear to have bright futures in track & field.


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