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TRM Athlete signs with Coastal Alabama-East

TRM senior Mary Madison Brown signed to play college level volleyball at Coastal Alabama-East Thursday.

She will be under the leadership of head volleyball coach and YMCA president Steven Dickey.

“It feels good and I feel like I accomplished something,” Brown said. “Coach Terri Lynne Thompson always motivated me to just getting out there to do something.”

Brown said she’s ready to make new friends and take her athletic abilities to the new level. “A big thank you to my parents, Greg White, my first coach, Myra Reiss, my warm up partner since seventh grade and coach Thompson,” Brown said.

“Mary has two older brothers, and she just strived herself to better than them,” Rucker Brown said. “She saw the opportunity to improve and be better. She wanted to be her own person. All the credit goes to her for all her hard work.”

“She is my youngest child and I am very proud of her,” Mary Brown said. “I’m happy that I can get to watch her, as she is right down the road at Coastal Alabama-East. “Brown said, “I always told her to just do your best, never quit, and dreams can become a reality.”

Brown said she is happy and anxious to be playing college-level volleyball. “Giving thanks to God, and preparing myself for the challenges I will face,” Brown said. “I had always looked to play varsity volleyball when I was in the eighth and ninth grade,” she said.

Mary Brown said, “her teammates and herself at T.R.Miller are a team, we worked together, and it’s all a one-man show.” She said her favorite quote is, “There may be people who have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do and I believe that.”

“We are proud of her, and I think it’s awesome when a student takes advantage of an opportunity to attend college on a scholarship,” Thompson said. “Mary deserves this. She has done what it takes in the classroom and on the volleyball court. She is one of those kids that I have watched over the last three years and thought, she really gets what being a T.R. Miller Tiger is all about. She truly loves her school, her teachers, her classmates, and her teammates. The pride she takes in everything she does is what led her to this wonderful opportunity.”

Thompson said Brown has been a positive role model to our younger players and future Lady Tigers. “Her positive spirit and tremendous work ethic were contagious at practice this season,” Thompson said. “Coach Dickey runs a great program at CACC and we think Madison will be a great asset to their program.”