Ardmore Coach Brown's Daughter Killed In Tuscaloosa Storm
Posted on April 29, 2011
Loryn Brown, the 21-year-old daughter of Ardmore High School head football coach Shannon Brown, was killed during Wednesday's tornado-producing storms in Tuscaloosa, where she was attending the University of Alabama.
"I've had a lot of calls, and, of course, with us being out of school and the power being out, it's harder for word to get around," Ardmore principal Tommy Hunter said. "Everyone has been trying to find out how they can get in touch. Every parent knows how much it must hurt to lose a child. They know he's hurting and just trying to help him through.
"This has got to be devastating. I can't imagine what it would be like. Hopefully, Shannon has found that the people in Ardmore have taken him in as one of their own and have shown their love toward him as much as they can."
Shannon Brown, who is entering his third season at Class 4A Ardmore, played defensive line for the Crimson Tide from 1991-95. After earning All-Southeastern Conference honors at Alabama, he played professionally for the Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams and New York Jets.
According to the Ardmore High School website, Loryn was one of three Brown children. She is survived by her siblings, Collin and Anna Katherine.
During his two seasons at Ardmore, Brown has guided the Tigers to a 5-15 record. The Tigers went 4-6 in 2010.
Portion's of Cody Whitlock's article in the Decatur Daily were used in this report.