Unassuming Coach from the beginning. who went on to mentor thousands of young men in the small Caribbean island of T&T. Mentoring and being mentored instilled from the beginning.
My Dad was so much more to me. As a mentor - because he lived his life the way he said we should. Then as I grew older I learned that I was not the only one that benefited from his mentoring. As coach of the Texaco sports club and then first coach of a Trinidad and Tobago Olympic team, thousands of young men and women received his tutelage and I know that not because he shared, but even to this day these men and women talk about the unassuming man they came to know and love as Coach Browne. Caribbean and T&T's first ever Olympic gold medal winner Haseley Crawford '76 Olympics, said it best, when he said "Al I love being coached by your dad, but more importantly his quiet inspiration, just can't wait to return it to other young men."
Listening to the life stories, wisdom and guidance from much older men and women as a mentee fascinates me. But not until recenlty did i learn that the little things I did and said in those relationships meant so much to my mentors. Look for more in future comments.
T&T’s First Olympic Team: Standing from left: Mannie Ramjohn, Wilfred Tull, A.E.Browne (coach), Compton Gonsalves, George Lewis, Rodney Wilkes. Front (l-r) Laurie Rogers (official), Rt Hon Creech Jones, (Secretary of State for the Colonies) and Errol Knowles (manager).
Mentee wins at Olympics and is now a mentor to many.