Coach Larry Brown was first introduced to archery by his father who was a bow maker. Larry got one lesson from his father and was hooked. In the late 1970’s Larry began to seriously pursue archery and to compete on local and national levels. His commitment took vision, courage, personal fortitude and discipline. Larry was one of a handful of African-Americans competing nationally in the often closed world of Olympic Tournament Archery. Coach Brown holds many tournament titles and continues to compete in local and national tournaments.
For the past ten years Coach Brown has been teaching archery at 12 different elementary, middle and high schools in New York City. From 2002-2004 Brown was the head coach for the Columbia University Women’s Archery Program. He left Columbia determined to pursue his dream of promoting archery with inner city youth reaching out specifically to marginalized and African American and Latino youth. His mission was and continues to be to make this sport available to those who were the least likely to have access to it.
As Coach Brown’s students advanced, it became evident to him that they needed to be exposed to a higher level of archery competition. In 2008 Coach began Center Shot Archers as a home for young archers to meet and grow, to develop their skills and to become world-class competitors.
Coach Brown has taught his Center Shot Archers to be disciplined, committed, confident and physically strong. He stresses the importance of academic success, hard work, pride and team spirit. Coach has prepared his archers well. They are winning tournaments and making him proud.
- January 19, 2019 Wall Street Journal by Zoland Kanno-Youngs, online news platform Archery coach Larry Brown is trying to spread the sport to young New Yorkers, in whatever space he can find. The link https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-brooklyn-apartment-where-shooting-arrows-is-encouraged-11547920317?shareToken=st0382be17dccf45089272da68e8af608a&ref=article_email_share
- Wall Street Journal print copy 1/22/19 page A12B Aiming for a Bull’s-Eye in Brooklyn
- February 21, 2019 CBS2 Snapshot NY with Steve Overmyer. Link to video cbsloc.al: It can also be seen on http://www.youtube.com/Archery_Hitting_its_Mark_in_NY
- July 26, 2012 NY Commission on Human Rights, Staten Island Advance: Local kids test archery skills in Rosebank with Coach Brown http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/07/getting_a_bulls_eye_is_only_pa.html Here is the link to NY 1 Staten Island Advance http://statenisland.ny1.com/content/top_stories/165603/local-kids-test-archery-skills-in-rosebank
- Archery program teaching discipline: Translating to the classroom, CBS News 5/9/12 Cindy Hsu http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/05/09/local-archery-program-preaches-discipline-and-its-translating-to-the-classroom/
- Archery Coach Larry Brown keeps his eye on the target, teaching bow and arrow skills to students young and old, The Daily News 4/20/12, by Clem Richardson.http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/archery-coach-larry-brown-eye-target-teaching-bow-arrow-skills-students-young-old-article-1.1064252?pgno=1
- Targeting Success; The Daily News, 8/14/07, by Noah Fowle. www.nydailynews.com/sports/hschool/2007/08/14/2007-08-14_targeting_success.html