Vanessa Brown joined the Ephs' coaching staff full-time for the 2018 season, after serving as a volunteer assistant in 2016 and 2017. A 2007 graduate of Carleton College with a BA in Psychology, Brown was a 12-season athlete, competing on the volleyball team and indoor and outdoor track & field teams all four years, and serving as captain of both teams.
She was a four-time Academic All-Conference honoree, All-Conference in Track & Field, Conference Champion in Volleyball in 2004, and participated in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament as both an athlete and a coach. As a senior, she earned the Ele Hansen award for positive influence, service, and leadership to the Carleton Athletic Department.
Prior to coming to Williams, Brown coached both volleyball and track & field at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., at Carleton College, as well as at various high schools and clubs in Minnesota and California. She also was a personal trainer and coached CrossFit for several years.
Brown holds a Master's degree in Sport Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, Calif., and is currently working towards an MSW in Clinical Social Work at Boston University. She is passionate about helping athletes develop mental skills to be used in sport, and is interested in how these skills can be applied in the classroom and elsewhere outside of the athletic arena.
She lives in Williamstown with her husband Tomas, who is the Williams women’s golf coach, their sons Kiljan and Orri, and their two cats Ritz and Graham.