POSTED: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 10:42pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 5:02pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (NBC33) — Former LSU basketball Coach Dale Brown has dedicated his adult life to motivating others. Whether it's on the basketball court or in the school of life, he's been a coach, a teacher, and a mentor.
He's probably most famous for coaching NBA star Shaquille O'neal. O'neal even wrote the introduction to Brown's latest book from Acadian Publishing called “Getting Over Life’s Four Hurdles”.
Former LSU Basketball Coach Dale Brown spent 25 years leading the LSU Tigers. His team earned Final Four appearances in 1981 and 1986. He is the only SEC coach to have ever appeared in 15 straight national tournaments. Brown's coaching style brought him many victories but it was more than his knowledge of basketball that made him a success.
“This may shock you, but I think, love,” stated Brown. “That doesn't mean I wasn't stern. Shaq knew if that bus left at 8:00, that bus left at 8:00 o’clock. If they blatantly violated a major rule, they were suspended. There were no ifs, ands, or buts about it, or run 20 ladders."
Dale Brown retired from coaching in 1997, but certainly not from life. This master motivator started using his ability to inspire others on the public speaking circuit.
“The role of most leaders is to get the people to think more of the leader, but the role of exceptional leaders is to get the people to think more of themselves. So if I had any ability, I think maybe that was one of them"
Brown's coaching charisma even caught the eye of Matthew McConaughey.
The A-list actor buddied up with Brown to research his role in the movie 'We are Marshall'. Although he was a football coach in the movie, he wanted to emulate Brown's sideline savvy.
Brown still keeps up with kids who've crossed his path. He has a blue binder that holds the names of his previous players and their families. He believes follow through isn't just something to be done on a jump shot. That's why he's written the book 'Getting Over The Four Hurdles of Life'. He's following through on a promise to the man who gave him the money to get his master's degree when he was just 22 years old.
“'Mr. Norton, how can I ever repay you?’ He said don't worry about repaying me. Some day when you're in a position you reach out and help others."
Most may remember Dale Brown for coaching Shaq, Chris Johnson and other NBA star, but he's impacted hundreds of lives by just helping some learn to read, get a basic job, or get them off the street. The list is long for those he's helped to overcome life's hurdles.
The unveiling of Brown's new book, "Getting Over the Four Hurdles of Life," is Wednesday, November 16 from 6:00 p.m.to 8:00 p.m. at the Lod Cook Conference center on LSU's campus.