John R.W. Brown, the man that built a boys’ basketball dynasty at LaFollette High School during the late 1940s and early ’50s, passed away Friday at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville.
He was 87 years old.
Brown coached the Owls from 1947-55. He led LaFollette to three consecutive state tournament appearances, including the championship game in 1954.
“I think all of us just stood in awe of him,” said Kenneth “Smiley” Miller, a starting forward on the ’54 team.