Joe Browning



The Topeka, Kansas native spent four decades at UNCW as a collegiate athletic administrator before retiring.

Browning started his career in athletic communications in 1981 as the Director of Sports Information and Promotions at Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, West Virginia before joining the Seahawks in the fall of 1986.

Over the next 38 years Browning was involved in nearly every facet of the UNCW program.

  • Founder of the UNCW Sports Hall of Fame
  • First President of the NC College Sports Information Association
  • Recipient of 11 national publication Awards
  • First UNCW Student Athlete/Staff Member to serve with the U.S. Olympic Team

Browning earned his B.S. Degree in Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University and completed his M.S. Degree in Mass Communications from Shippensburg University.

He and his wife, Mary, have two children; Hayley, and Ivan, who are both UNCW graduates.