Coach Details: Mr Stephen Brown
Mr Stephen Brown
Upper Darby, PA, United States
A multi-sport athlete (soccer, basketball, baseball) growing up in Suburban Philadelphia, Steve made his way to Cabrini College in Radnor Pennsylvania on a soccer scholarship where he earned many honors including Most Valuable Player recognition, and a Distinguished Alumni award for his charitable work in the community. After college, Brown was offered pro soccer tryouts with the Philadelphia Fever, Pennsylvania Stoners, and Baltimore Blast but a pro soccer career never took hold. Brown then played semi-professionally for a number of years in the Majors Division of the United Soccer League for the German club Danubia. Steve traded in his soccer shoes and turned his passions to the flexibility of multisport racing in 1987 and has never looked back. Since 1987, Steve has racked up countless triathlons and multisport events of all distances including marathons, ultra marathons, and ironman triathlons and many top age group finishes. In February of 2006, life threw Steve a curve ball when he was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Wasting no time, he underwent four rounds of chemotherapy. He maintained his baseline fitness level, often running home from his treatments and quickly reached complete remission. By July of that same year, he was back to racing triathlons. By September of that year, just 7 months after his diagnosis, “RemissionMan” crossed the finish line of his 8th career iron distance triathlon (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run). His diagnosis drew him to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program where he signed on as a Triathlon Coach. In 2012 and 2013 Brown’s leukemia required additional treatment. He again underwent multiple rounds of treatment and safely reached remission. And again, Brown used endurance sports as a weapon in his arsenal against cancer; running home from treatments and racing marathons and triathlons throughout his treatments. In 2016 his leukemia staged another comeback and required multiple full blown chemotherapy treatments over a 4 month period. Brown responded well to treatment and recovered well in between rounds allowing him to continue to race and train throughout chemo. In addition to his busy racing, training, and coaching schedule, Steve is also very active using his involvement in multisport racing as a way of raising funds and awareness for significant causes. In his “spare time”, Steve works closely with organizations such as The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Grassroot Soccer, and HEADstrong Foundation in promoting and supporting their events. Steve is also a member of Team Inspiration whose mission is to empower individuals living with cancer by developing exercise & wellness programs that improve their physical, mental, and spiritual quality of life. He’s also written several books which talk about everything from fitness and triathlon, to his cancer diagnosis and his passion for living life to the fullest. “I feel my cancer diagnosis has opened many more doors than it has shut and created more opportunities than it has taken away.” Brown is an accomplished writer whose work has been featured regularly in PhillyFIT Magazine, HealthFitnessBroadcast.com, Philly Health Watch, TransitionTimes.com, Liberty Sports Magazine and is a former blog writer for Philadelphia’s FOX29. Steve is currently a contributing writer to Movement Sports Magazine. He has also been a featured guest on several radio, TV and internet broadcast programs. Steve and his wife MG live in Delaware County Pennsylvania, where he works with the LIVESTRONG program at The Community YMCA of Eastern Delaware County and previously served on their Board of Directors. Brown is also a current member of USA Triathlon’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Council and a Brand Ambassador for Pacific Health Labs supporting Accelerade and Endurox products as well as a Brand Ambassador for Heart Zones. He continues to use his diagnosis as a way of helping others through his activism and philanthropic involvement.