The Penn State Greater Allegheny Athletic Department is pleased to announce Bill Brown will be joining the men's basketball staff as assistant coach through the 2016-17 academic year.
One of the all-time winningest coaches in PSAC history, Bill Brown is entering his 42nd season as a men’s basketball coach. Most recently coach Brown finished a 20 year run at California University of Pennsylvania.
During his time with the Vulcans, Brown has amassed a record of 365-190 to become the winningest coach in program history. He has guided Cal U to eight 20-win seasons with the Vulcans qualifying for the PSAC Tournament in 14 of 19 seasons and advancing to the ‘State Game’ four times, winning it twice (1999, 2008).
Brown has been named the PSAC West Coach of the Year five times and NABC Regional Coach of the Year twice during his tenure at Cal U. In the spring of 2012, he received the prestigious NABC Guardians of the Game Pillar Award for Advocacy.
In the 2007-08 season, Brown led the Vulcans to a 28-6 overall record, their first PSAC Championship since 1999 and their first appearance in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament since 1996. The 28 wins rank as the second-most in school history.
Prior to his time at Cal U, Brown served as head coach for eight seasons at Kenyon, a NCAA Division III program in Columbus, Ohio. Under his direction, the Lords qualified for the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back seasons after posting 20-plus wins in 1993-94 and 1994-95. In 1993-94, Kenyon won its conference tournament and earned the top seed in the NCAA Tournament before finishing the year with a 24-4 record.
Brown started his career as a head coach at Sacramento State and coached the Hornets for two seasons during the program’s transition to NCAA Division I. He followed his time at Sacramento State with a season as an assistant coach at Tennessee.
Brown started his coaching career at Ohio after a successful playing career for the Bobcats. As a player, he was a three-year starter and two-time, all-conference selection for the Bobcats, who won a pair of Mid-American Conference (MAC) titles and appeared in two NCAA Tournaments during his playing career.
After four seasons at Ohio as a coach, Brown served a one-year stint as an assistant at Kent State before accepting the top assistant position with legendary coach Eddie Sutton at Arkansas. His duties included serving as recruiting coordinator, assisting with on-the-floor coaching, academic counseling, scouting and directing the Razorback Basketball Camp.
In each of Brown’s five years with the program, Arkansas made NCAA Tournament appearances, won two Southwest Conference Championships and remained in the Top 20 rankings. In 1984 and 1985, Brown was rated as one of the top five assistant coaches and recruiters in the nation by the Basketball Times.
Brown was named the NABC Regional Coach of the Year in both 2007 and 2008, and was selected to serve as head coach in the senior all-star game at the 2007 NCAA Division II Championship Weekend. In 2011 and 2013, he served as head coach for a team that was assembled through Global Sports Academy and played several games in European countries.
Brown has received national attention in recent years for his longstanding relationship with Texas head coach Shaka Smart, who led VCU to the Final Four in 2011. While the head coach at Kenyon, Brown recruited Smart to play for the Lords, and after becoming the head coach at Cal U, Brown hired the recently-graduated Smart as an assistant coach with the Vulcans.
Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Brown and his wife Christy reside in California and have two grown children, Aaron and Kerra, and five grandchildren, Jalen, Elijah, Kingston, Aubrey and Kamille.