R. M. Brown

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R. M. Brown
RM Brown VPI.png
Brown pictured in Bugle 1909, VPI yearbook
Sport(s) Football, basketball, baseball
Biographical details
Born (1885-08-02)August 2, 1885
Elizabeth, New Jersey
Died March 31, 1927(1927-03-31) (aged 41)
Elizabeth, New Jersey
Playing career
1907 Princeton
Position(s) End
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1908 VPI
1908–1909 VPI
1909 VPI
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1908 VPI
Head coaching record
Overall 5–4 (football)
4–2 (basketball)
11–6 (baseball)

Ralph Manning "Gus" Brown (August 2, 1885 – March 31, 1927) was an American football, basketball, and baseball coach. He served as the head football coach at Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute (VPI)—now known as Virginia Tech—for one season in 1908, compiling a record of 5–4. Brown also coached the basketball team at Virginia Tech in 1908–09, and the baseball team there in the spring of 1909.

On March 31, 1927, Brown died in hospital after he was struck by an automobile while walking near his home.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
VPI (South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1908)
1908 VPI 5–4 1–2 T–5th
VPI: 5–4 1–2
Total: 5–4


  1. ^ Princeton Alumni Weekly, Volume 27, Number 27, page 822 (April 22, 1927)