Matthew Browne
Matthew Browne

Matthew Browne is the 14th person affiliated with the men's soccer program to be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame. Browne was a standout defender on the then-USC Spartanburg Rifles teams from 1985-88.

As a freshman, he helped lead the team to 15-5 record and a third straight third-place finish in the NAIA National Tournament. He was part of a unit that recorded seven shutouts and a 0.75 goals against average. He also produced offensively, finishing the year with five goals and an assist for 11 points.

In four years, he led Upstate to a 57-23-2 record and a dominant 20-1-0 mark in the NAIA District Six. His Rifle teams also recorded 32 shutouts in his four seasons playing on the back line.

Despite being a dominant defender, he also had the ability to produce offensively. He finished his career with 19 points on eight goals and three assists. Browne was a two-time All-District Six selection and was named an NSCAA and NAIA All-American in 1985. He was an honorable mention All-America selection in 1986.

A native of Monrovia, Liberia, Browne was a standout youth soccer player. He was a four-year letterwinner at the Booker Washington Institute where he was named the National High School Best Defender. In addition, he was a National Team member for four years as a starter on the defense and played for the Mighty Barrolle in the First Division prior to coming to the United States.

Browne entered the military and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army. He spent eight months on tour in Iraq and Kuwait. He was a highly decorated soldier in the Army, receiving the Army Commendation medal, two Army Achievement Medals, four Battalion Certificates of Achievement, the Army Good Conduct Medal and the Army Expeditionary Medal.

Browne and his wife, Nettie, have five children; two daughters and three sons. The family lives in Charlotte, N.C., where he works in a management position on a production line. He has stayed active in soccer and is the Chair of the Carolinas Oldtimers Sports Association.