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BU men’s basketball hires assistant coach with 20 years of experience

Ron Brown was associate head coach at FDU for past eight years

July 1, 2010

BU men’s basketball hires assistant coach with 20 years of experience

VESTAL, N.Y.—Binghamton has added former FDU associate head coach Ron Brown to its men’s basketball coaching staff, the school announced today.

Brown was responsible for scouting and recruiting as the associate coach at FDU, where the Knights advanced to the Northeast Conference quarterfinals last season. His other duties included player development, monitoring academic progress, running practice and bench coaching. He worked at FDU for eight years with the highlight being a 20-win campaign in 2005-06 that ended with an NIT bid. That season included an NCAA-best 11-game win streak - the longest in 50 years at the school.

Prior to that, Brown worked four years as an assistant at LIU (1998-02) and one at Western Kentucky (1997-98). Brown served as head coach at Florida A&M for three seasons (1993-96) and produced the last Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) player to be drafted in the NBA in the last 20 years (Jerome James, 2nd round, 36th pick). During that span, Brown also was a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) congressman, a member of the CNN/USA Today board of coaches and was on coaches advisory staffs for Spalding and Reebok International.

He got his start in the college ranks as an assistant for Gale Catlett at West Virginia (1985-93), where he helped the Mountaineers advance to seven postseason tournaments in eight years (four NCAAs, three NITs).

“We are very excited to get a person with Ron’s experience and credentials,” interim athletics director Jim Norris said. “Everyone on the search committe was very impressed with Ron in a variety of areas, including his commitment to educating young people and his passion for basketball. We’ve been told he’s a first-class person, a solid family man and a real people-person. We think he’ll be a great fit for our program.”

Brown has mentored 15 student-athletes who have gone on to play professionally, including James, who finished the 2009-10 NBA season with the Chicago Bulls.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 1976.

Ronald and his wife, Patricia, have two children: Ronald II and Regann Marie.

TRANSACTION—Binghamton hired Ron Brown as assistant men’s basketball coach

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