Eugene is a 1964 Newport graduate who led Newport to the state basketball tournament in 1962 (Season record 24-7). He also played football; ran cross country; and ran track for Newport High School.
Coach Grady Brown, along with his brother, Ray, led the Newport baseball program to a higher level during their coaching tenure - wining over 550 games between them. Grady's entire career was spent in Newport with the highlight in 1982 of a regional baseball championship and two regional runnerups. Newport was a baseball powerhouse under Coach Brown's guidance.