Brown during the Spurs-Nuggets game on Dec 22, 2010.
South Portland, Maine
|High school||South Portland
(South Portland, Maine)
|College||Boston University (1980–1983)|
|1988–1993||Melbourne Tigers (Australia) (assistant)|
|1993–1998||North Melbourne Giants (Australia)|
|2000–2002||Sydney Kings (Australia)|
|2007–2013||San Antonio Spurs (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
As assistant coach:
Brett Brown is an American professional basketball coach who is currently the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA. He is a former professional basketball player and was previously an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs and the head coach of the Australia men's national basketball team.
Brown was a star basketball player at South Portland High School in South Portland, Maine. His father, Bob Brown, a New England Basketball Hall of Famer, was the coach of his high school team. Bob Brown retired as head basketball coach of Cheverus High School, Portland in 2012 after an 11-year career there. Cheverus is considered one of the premier destinations in Maine to play high school basketball.
Australia men's national basketball team
Brown was an assistant coach with Australia for 132 games between 1995 and 2003 including the 1998 world championship and the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games, and also from 2009-2012.
Melbourne Tigers and North Melbourne Giants
Brown was formerly an assistant coach with Lindsay Gaze at the Melbourne Tigers before taking over at North Melbourne Giants in 1993. He was named NBL coach of the year in 1994 when he led the Giants to the a championship victory over the Adelaide 36ers. He was Head Coach of the North Melbourne Giants from 1993 to 1998 and amassed 278 games as a Head Coach in the NBL with a 149-129 win-loss record.
San Antonio Spurs
Brown's success in Australia paved his path to San Antonio, first in 1999 when he served as an unpaid guest of the Spurs at the invitation of general manager R.C. Buford, then again in July 2002 when he was hired full-time as the team's director of player development. He was promoted to Gregg Popovich's bench as an assistant coach in September 2007.
Brown's appointment as 76ers coach sees him become just the second person to be a head coach in both the NBL and the NBA, following on from 2012–13 Charlotte Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap who coached the Adelaide 36ers in the NBL from 1994-1996. Brown's North Melbourne Giants defeated Dunlap's 36ers 2-0 in the 1994 NBL Grand Final series.
Brown is originally American and met and married his wife, Anna, in Australia. They have two daughters, Julia and Laura, and a son, Sam. He coached the Australian Boomers at the 2012 London Olympics.
The Big Bang Ballers
Brown is currently a Global Ambassador for the Big Bang Ballers, an international not for profit which uses the game of basketball to fight youth poverty and social disadvantage worldwide.