May 6, 2019 UPDATE: A celebration of the life and legacy of Dave Brown will be held at Vancouver Rowing Club on May 8th 2019 between 5:00pm-7:00pm. There will be a cash bar and BBQ and a chance to share fond memories of a man who had such a lasting influence on rugby across the Province.
In memory of Dave, consider donating to the UBC Dave Brown Thunderbird Rugby Award Endowment Fund
Vancouver, BC – March 19, 2019: It is with great sadness that BC Rugby acknowledges the passing of Dave Brown. A prominent figure in the rugby community within the Province, Dave was a much-loved individual who influenced hundreds of athletes during his lifetime.
Dave’s relationship with the sport of rugby extended throughout his life, initially as a player before gaining experience of coaching the game in England, Australia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. He was a keen accumulator of knowledge in his field, acquiring over time a Bachelor of Physical Education from Loughborough University in England, a Master of Science in Physical Education from Dalhousie University, and a PhD in Physical Education from the University of Alberta.
In 1988 he made the move to Vancouver to head up the Rugby program at the Vancouver Rowing Club, the first step in a relationship with the sport of Rugby in BC that would span three decades. Brown would make his mark coaching at almost every level of the game, from Age-Grade to Senior and across Club, Regional, Provincial and National including highlights such as Vancouver’s McKechnie Cup win in 2000. He would also serve as the coach for Canada’s National Women at the inaugural World Cup where the team lost just one game, to New Zealand, and won the Plate Final.
Every bit as keen on development off the field as well as on it, Dave was involved in the Rugby Canada Coaching and Certification program as early as 1980 and in BC as Chair of Coaching from 1989. With BC Rugby he would go on to secure the role of Development Director, a role he would hold for a total of nine years. During this time, Brown was responsible for the design, delivery and evaluation of high-performance programming for all rugby athletes and coaches in the province. This is a legacy that continues on to this day and has impacted hundreds, if not thousands, of aspirant young rugby players even after his departure.
The BC Rugby Board, past and present, wishes to recognize the significant contributions that Dave Brown made to the Rugby community in the Province. His extended commitment to developing rugby and helping athletes to achieve their potential mark him out as one of the great builders of the game in the last 30 years. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him and BC Rugby extends its deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
Most recently, Dave Brown was known for his role of Manager of Rugby at UBC where he oversaw significant development of the men’s program. During his tenure at UBC, the Senior Men’s team won the Rounsefell Cup three years in a row (2015, 2016 & 2017), a feat only achieved by two other clubs since the turn of the century. Under Brown’s guiding hand, the UBC Men’s team would also extend unbeaten records against the University of California (The World Cup) and the University of Victoria (Wightman Boot).
Dave’s family has requested privacy during this period. Information regarding a Celebration of Life will be shared as details become available.