LISD honors Edwina Brown with number retirement

LISD honors Edwina Brown with jersey number retirement
Posted on 01/21/2020
District News Release

Date: January 21, 2020

LISD honors Edwina Brown with jersey number retirement
Edwina Brown retirement ceremony

Left to right: LISD Superintendent Mark Estrada, Board Vice President Michael Wright, Trustee Warren Burnett, Athletics Director Todd Moebes, Edwina Brown, Board President Steve Johnson, Trustee Becky Lockhart, and Trustee Carl Cisneros

Lockhart ISD honored Lockhart High School Alumna Edwina Brown with a jersey number retirement ceremony at Lockhart High School Friday evening. 

In front of a gymnasium filled with Lady Lion basketball players, LISD students of all ages, parents, staff, and Lockhart community members, LISD paid tribute to the former Lady Lion and graduate of the Class of 1996. 

“Tonight is a special night for Lockhart Lions,” said LISD Athletics Director Todd Moebes. “We gather to honor a Lady Lion who exemplifies the school district’s vision of ‘building a legacy of excellence.’”

Moebes provided highlights from Brown’s career. As a Lady Lion, In her senior year, her accomplishments included: All Centex MVP; 1st Team All-State; Pre-Season High School All-American Honorable Mention ; TABC 4A Player of the Year; 1st Team All-District; All-Tournament Teams; the TABC, TGCA & WBC All-Star Games; and, Academic All-District recognition. 

Brown earned a full athletic scholarship at The University of Texas at Austin after graduation from Lockhart High School in 1996. As a Lady Longhorn, Brown set a number of records  including 1,705 career points, 517 Career assists, and 257 career steals. Additionally, she is the only person in school history to lead the team in scoring, rebounding, assists, and steals in the same year--something that she accomplished in both her junior and senior years.  

Her achievements during her time in college included earning the 2000 Margaret Wade Trophy (Best Female College Basketball Player in US); 2000 ESPN National Player of the Year; 2000 Kodak All-American (Top 10 Players in the Nation); 2000 Big 12 Conference Tournament MVP; 1999 Pan American Games Bronze Medalist (Canada); 1998 R. Williams Jones Cup Gold Medalist (Taiwan); 1st Team All Big 12 (Junior and Senior Years); and, she was a two-time All-American.

In 2000, this former Lady Lion was the third overall pick in the WNBA draft. Brown played for the Detroit Shock, the Phoenix Mercury, and the Houston Comets during her WNBA career. 

During that time, she also played internationally in countries such as Austria, Lebanon, Israel, Spain, and France. 

After her professional career with the WNBA, Brown began coaching for the NCAA as a strength and conditioning coach and assistant coach for The University of Texas at Austin, and served as assistant coach later at the University of New Mexico. Texas Christian University hired her as recruiting coordinator from 2014-2016. After her time at TCU, she began working as a recruiting coordinator at Southern Methodist University. 

“Coach Brown’s professional achievements are numerous, and the depth of her experience is something of which we can all be proud as a community,” said Moebes. 

“I watched her play in high school and college, and you could see the determination on her face that she was going to make it. With hard work and determination, this young woman from Lockhart, Texas, made it all the way to the WNBA!,” said LISD Board President Steve Johnson. “She can be an example to our young women and men, that no matter where you come from, that your hard work and determination, they can achieve their goals as well.” 

Johnson presented Brown a framed Lady Lions #24 jersey. Then, Moebes returned to the podium, and the district unveiled a banner in the rafters of the gymnasium with her name and jersey number on it, a reminder to all who practice in the high school gym of her legacy and the opportunities awaiting them with high expectations and hard word.

Brown addressed addressed the crowd. “For me tonight, this is about legacy. This is a family legacy, because I know where I came from. I’m more than the numbers your heard him read off of that paper. Even though those numbers are important, the things you have to have are perseverance, determination, and sacrifice,” said Brown.

Students and other community members in the crowd were visibly moved by Brown’s comments. Also in attendance was a special surprise appearance by former UT Women’s Basketball Head Coach Jody Conradt, now UT Special Assistant for Athletics, and former UT Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach Kathy Harston, now UT Senior Associate Athletics Director. Both coached Brown when she was a Lady Longhorn.

“Edwina Brown’s example inspires and challenges students to think boldly about their future and relentlessly pursue their dreams,” said Superintendent of Schools Mark Estrada. “We are proud of her success and look forward to seeing how other Lions are inspired because of it.” 

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