Longhorn Championship Coach Mack Brown Enthralls JAMen Crowd
By Jay Rubin
More than 150 members and guests converged on the Jewish Austin Men’s Dinner and Speakers Forum Season Three final event featuring former Longhorn coach and ESPN analyst Mack Brown.
Introduced by Austin-based Associated Press veteran news and sports reporter and JAMen Forum Sustaining Member Jim Vertuno as “a true mensch,” among friends, fans and admirers at the Jewish Community Center, Brown began his talk by acknowledging a growing familiarity with Judaism with a Jewish daughter-in-law and grandchildren. He went on to deliver a powerful talk on the lessons he learned and practiced as a top college football coach and how they offer a road map to personal and professional success.
Some of the key takeaways included build a foundation through family atmosphere, trust and respect, clear communication and common purpose; make decisions based on thorough research and then don’t look back and second guess; set goals, visualize success, play hard and expect to win; and sell your product constantly.
Brown went on to share fascinating inside the locker room details on how the Longhorns won the 2006 Rose Bowl and the 2005 NCAA Division 1 National Football Championship. He also offered well thought out and candid responses to a wide range of sports and non-sports issues during a 45-minute Q&A. Several audience members also expressed deep gratitude to Brown and his wife Sally for their extraordinary philanthropic leadership and dedication to numerous children’s charities. Shalom Austin made a donation to the Rise School of Austin in appreciation of Brown’s JAMen Forum presentation.
Co-chairs Burt Kunik and Jay Rubin provided a sneak preview of the outstanding speakers lined up for Season Four when JAMen resumes in October. ■
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