Varsity Boys Lacrosse Coach Al Brown Achieves 500th Career Win Milestone

Head Coach Alfred “Al” Brown secured his 500th career victory on May 18 when the boys' varsity lacrosse team defeated Austin Prep 17-1.  

Brown joined the Portsmouth Abbey community in 2000, bringing with him a distinguished background as both a player and a coach. A standout athlete at CW Post College (Long Island University), he earned All-American honors twice and served as team captain his senior year. With an impressive 47 years of coaching experience at the collegiate and high school levels, he is highly respected in the lacrosse community.  

At the collegiate level, he was honored as the national Division III Coach of the Year in 1990. He has led nine Portsmouth Abbey teams to lacrosse league championships and was named Coach of the Year by US Lacrosse, the governing body of lacrosse in the United States, in 2010 and 2013. He was also named Eastern Independent League Coach of the Year in 2008, 2011, and 2022. In November 2022, Brown was inducted into the National Interscholastic Lacrosse Coaches Association (NILCA) Hall of Fame.  

Off the field, his commitment to excellence is matched only by his devotion to family. He and his wife, Linda, reside in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and Rangeley, Maine, where they cherish visits from their three children and five grandchildren. 

Reflecting on Brown’s remarkable milestone, Portsmouth Abbey Director of Athletics Christopher Milmoe said, “Al Brown crossing the 500-career win mark is an unbelievable achievement. It speaks to his commitment to the sport of lacrosse and Portsmouth Abbey. The impact he has had on the Abbey community is immeasurable.”  

When asked his thoughts on winning 500 times, Coach Brown responded with characteristic modesty and focus, “I am fortunate to have been surrounded by excellent coaches, student athletes, player families and my wife Linda and my children. Their support has been the key to my being a coach for 47 years. My goal has always been to help my players grow to be responsible and caring people, to love the game and to understand the value of being a great teammate. Winning is important. And I am proud of all the people that have played a part in my career. I am blessed to have spent half of my coaching career at Portsmouth Abbey. It is a special place.”