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Browning twins reined supreme for 47 years

ACU Today Spring-Summer 2015

Alumni magazine for Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas

When freelance photographer Jeremy Enlow arrived in Lamesa, Texas, to shoot images of two famous girls’ volleyball coaches for ACU Today magazine last fall, fans in Follis Gymnasium treated him like royalty.
The word on the streets of the West Texas town was not that Patty (’67) and Tippy (’67) Browning were coaching their final home match but that a university magazine was coming to town to help chronicle the 47-year career of twin sisters who are nearly beyond compare. Enlow, who shoots images of a lot of ACU Wildcat teams each year, said Lamesa fans packed the stands for the match against rival Lubbock Estacado High School.
The Brownings, who are profiled in our latest issue, retired soon afterward, leaving behind a stellar record: their Golden Tornado teams won 937 matches, made nearly 30 appearances in the state playoffs and captured a Texas 4A state championship. Averaging more than 20 wins a year for nearly five decades was more than enough to earn the sisters’ co-induction to the Texas Girls Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Freelance writer Scott Kirk (’78), who covered more than his share of high school sports during a fine newspaper sportswriting career, writes our profile of the Browning sisters and the community that loves them.