South Dakota State Director of Athletics Justin Sell, along with head equestrian coach Megan Rossiter, announced the addition of Kamerra Brown to the equestrian staff on July 8, 2011, as the team's assistant coach.
"We are very excited to add Kamerra as an assistant coach," Rossiter said. "Her enthusiasm, knowledge and expertise of hunt seat competition and the fact that she's already worked at SDSU allows her to hit the ground running. I look forward to working with her."
Brown joins the Jackrabbit equestrian staff full-time after serving as a graduate assistant for the 2010-11 season working with the hunt seat riders and after a successful riding career at Delaware State University in Dover, Del.
"I am so happy and excited to work for a university where the community and staff gets behind their athletic programs," Brown said. "I also look forward to the opportunity to continue working with the young and talented riders on our team."
A four-year letterwinner and captain at Delaware State, Brown earned team MVP honors following her freshman, sophomore and junior seasons, and won numerous MVP awards at various shows throughout her four years at DSU. In addition to her individual accomplishments, she helped lead the hunt seat team to the Varsity Equestrian National Championships in 2008 and 2009, where she posted wins in equitation over fences.
Before graduating from Delaware State in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in animal and poultry science. Brown added to her athletic resume by competing on the Hornets track team as a junior, where she excelled in sprinting events on the traveling squad.
A Culpeper, Va., native, Brown started riding horses at five years old, and won numerous awards over the years, but she lists her most proud moments as qualifying for the 2003 National Pony Finals in Ohio, and finishing 16th in the country in the Large Green Pony Hunter division. She also won Reserve Champion honors at the 'A' rated Upperville Horse show in the Pony Hunter division and won the Washington International Equitation Medal class, both in 2004. She also earned all-state track and field honors as a sprinter in high school.
An active member in FFA, Brown participated in heart walks and stayed actively involved with student life, volunteering at local elementary schools and in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), including a stint as treasurer from 2006-09 and as president from 2009-10. Brown also topped a list of 1,800 nominations to appear at the 2008 NCAA Leadership Convention in Florida.