WILL BROWN BIOGRAPHY

Will Brown is in his tenth season as the University at Albany's head men's basketball coach. In 2008-09, the UAlbany program won 15 or more games in four consecutive seasons for the first time since 1995. The Great Danes, who advanced to the America East Tournament semifinals for the third time in the four years in that season, became the first seventh seed to defeat a second seed in conference post-season play.

Brown guided the Great Danes to their second straight America East Conference championship after defeating top-seed Vermont in the 2007 tournament final. The Great Danes, who earned an automatic NCAA berth, were seeded No. 13 against Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season winner Virginia. Brown's team totaled 20 victories during the regular season for the first time at the Division I level. UAlbany tied the second-highest single-season win total (23) in school history and posted consecutive 20-win campaigns for the first time in 17 years. Jamar Wilson made his second appearance on the Associated Press All-America squad.

Brown led the Great Danes to their first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament berth in 2005-06 after winning both the America East Conference tournament and regular-season titles. UAlbany set the program's Division I record for single-season victories with a 21-11 record and produced its highest win total since 1993-94. His squad posted UAlbany's first postseason triumph in 11 years with three wins in America East tournament play. The Great Danes, who also established their top conference mark with 13 victories in the regular season, went on to put up a monumental fight against second-ranked Connecticut in a memorable NCAA first-round battle. Brown was named the New York State Coach of the Year.

At the press conference to announce Brown's five-year contract that keeps him as the UAlbany head coach through the 2010-11 season, Director of Athletics Lee McElroy made the following statement, "Will Brown and his staff have done an excellent job of building a young Division I basketball program. Our student-athletes are following the right path both academically and athletically. The team accomplished many historical things. The foundation has been laid for the program to be successful for years to come, something that our students, alumni and fans can enjoy with great pride."

In 2004-05, Coach Brown led UAlbany to a 13-15 record, an eight-win improvement from the previous season. The Great Danes registered their best-ever league record at the time with a 9-9 mark and a fourth-place finish. UAlbany also tied the fourth-best improvement among Division I teams which recorded single-digit victories in 2003-04, as only Texas A&M, San Diego and Houston were better.

Brown was appointed as UAlbany's head coach on March 13, 2002, and has worked on the collegiate level since 1995. He became the 15th head coach in the history of the program. At age 36, Brown is one of the youngest Division I head coaches in the nation.

Brown, who joined the UAlbany staff as an assistant in Sept. 2001, was promoted to interim head coach on Dec. 20 of that year, and guided the Great Danes to a 7-13 record over the last 20 games. Albany was among the conference leaders in scoring defense. He coached the team to several impressive victories, including a win over Vermont, the America East Conference's regular-season champion.

Brown previously served as the head coach at Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake, N.Y., from 1998-2001. He led the Generals to a 90-10 record over a three-year period with two regional and two district titles. Sullivan County C.C. posted a 30-2 record and reached the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) championship game in 2000-01. Brown's first SCCC squad appeared in the NJCAA "Final Four" and finished 32-3 overall. The Generals were ranked second nationally in scoring at 92.9 points per game, and ninth in team defense with a 67.1 average.

Brown was chosen the New York State Coaches Association junior college coach of the year in 1999. He also earned Mid-Hudson Conference coach of the year honors three times, and was District V's top coach twice. In addition, he worked at Sullivan County C.C. as an associate athletic director and as an adjunct professor of sports management.

Previous to his appointment at Sullivan County C.C., Brown spent three years at The College of Saint Rose as an assistant coach on Brian Beaury's staff. The Golden Knights made two NCAA Division II "Elite Eight" appearances in that span, and captured three New York Collegiate Athletic Conference (NYCAC) championships and two Northeast Regional crowns. Saint Rose compiled an 88-13 record from 1995-98.

As a collegiate player, Brown was a two-time NYCAC all-star and three-year starter at Dowling College, an NCAA Division II program on Long Island. He is the only player in school history to combine for more than 1,000 points and 500 assists.

Brown completed his career as Dowling's all-time leader in assists (591), three-point field goals (181) and free throw percentage (.859). He also played second singles on the school's tennis team.

A native of Miller Place, N.Y., Brown earned first-team Class B all-state recognition as a high school senior, when he averaged more than 35 points per game. He was chosen All-Long Island and was a three-time All-Suffolk County selection.

Coach Brown resides in Waterford with his wife, Jamie, and their children, Jackson and Landon. Brown has a master's degree in management and a B.A. in marketing from Dowling College. His father, William, Jr., has served as director of athletics at Miller Place High School, where he previously was head basketball coach for 17 years. His teams won three Suffolk County League VII scholastic titles.

 
 
 
 
 

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