Former Bastrop Lady Ram Yolanda Brown will go into the Southern University Sports Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 30.
The Bastrop-Morehouse Alumni Chapter of Southern University proudly announces that Yolanda Brown, formerly of Bastrop, will be inducted into the Southern University and A&M College Sports Hall of Fame. The 24th annual Southern Sports Hall of Fame inductee ceremony will be held Friday, Oct. 30, at the Belle of Baton Rouge (Sheraton Hotel – Atrium).
Born in Bastrop, Brown is a graduate of Bastrop High School where she graduated in the top 10 percent of her class with a grade point average of 3.50 and was a member of the Mu Sigma Honor Society. She played the cello for seven years prior to deciding on two new extracurricular activities, playing basketball and running track.
As team captain, Brown averaged 14 points per game as a senior while helping the Lady Rams finish runner-up in district. Along with being named honorable mention All-District, she was voted “Most Athletic” as a senior. Earning two letters in track and basketball for coaches Jimmy Thomas and Paula Wallace, she demonstrated natural leadership abilities both in practice and in actual competition.
Although recruited out of high school by Panola Jr. College in Carthage, Texas, she chose to attend Southern as a walkon for the basketball team.
After being redshirted during her freshman year of college, she was granted a basketball scholarship as a sophomore in the fall of 1991.
With Brown serving as co-captain, Southern won the 1992-93 Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship under head coach Herman Hartman and assistant Yolanda Cowherd-Cutledge.
Throughout her career at Southern, Brown was best known for setting picks for her teammates, filling the lane of fast breaks, taking charges and rebounding/blocking out.
Brown started her journey as a work-study student during her undergraduate years at Southern. Initially, it took some convincing coach Marino Casem, the Athletic Director at the time, that she would be the right hire for the Southern University athletics department, but Billy C. Long, head strength and conditioning coach, made it happen.
Upon graduating from Southern in 1995 where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, she was hired as Billy Long’s “right-hand” as Southern's first female assistant strength and conditioning coach. Day in and day out, Brown proved herself to colleagues of the male-dominant sports that not only was she a leader amongst her peers, but also one that was extremely competent in her role. She performed her new role with diligence and pride, especially during Coach Long’s absences to any NFL and/or Combine Football camps, etc., thus earning the credibility and respect of her colleagues. Brown led and assisted with the weight-training and conditioning of athletes for all sports (mainly football, women’s basketball, and cheerleaders). She coached under Long's mentorship during the years of 1996-1999. In addition, she served as interim assistant women's basketball coach under Hartman in the summer of 1997.
In 1997, Yolanda received her Master’s of Science in Public Administration degree from Southern University, graduating with honors and a GPA of 3.52. A year later, she was named as the SWAC's 1998 Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Currently, she resides in Arlington, Texas, where she is employed as an Internal Controls Analyst II for Fresenius Medical Care North America, West Division Finance Center.