Herb Brown

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Herb Brown
Personal information
Born (1936-03-14) March 14, 1936 (age 83)
Alma materUniversity of Vermont
Years active1960–2015
CountryUnited States
PositionAssistant coach / head coach
TeamC.W. Post Pioneers (1960–64, 1972–74)

Stony Brook Warriors/Patriots (1964–69)
Pakistan national basketball team (1972)
Gallitos de Isabela (1974–76, 1980–82)
Israel Sabras (1975)
Detroit Pistons (1975–78)
Tucson Gunners (1978–79)
Mets de Guaynabo (1979)
Houston Rockets (1980–81)
Indios de Canóvanas (1982–83) Puerto Rico Coquis (1983–85)
Cincinnati Slammers (1985–87)
Phoenix Suns (1987–88)
Taugres (1990–92)
Indiana Pacers (1995–96)
Baltimore Bayrunners (1999–2000)
Philadelphia 76ers (2001–02)
Portland Trail Blazers (2002–03)
Detroit Pistons (2003–04)
Atlanta Hawks (2004–07)
Charlotte Bobcats (2008–2011)

Portland Pilots men's basketball (2014–15)
Updated on 24 January 2017.

Herbert Brown (born March 14, 1936) is an American basketball coach and the brother of Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown. He is the former head coach of the Detroit Pistons (1976–78).


Brown was named head coach of the NBA's Detroit Pistons during the 1975-76 NBA season, replacing Ray Scott, who'd gone 17-25. The 39-year-old Brown, who'd been an assistant to Scott in Detroit, went 19-21 in his first season with the Pistons, who won 10 of their last 11 games of the regular season. He then guided the team into the second round of the NBA playoffs where the Pistons lost to Golden State, four games to two.

The following season, the Pistons went 44-38 under Brown, before losing in the first round of the playoffs to the Golden State Warriors.

Brown in 1987

The Pistons fired Brown on December 15, 1977, after a 9-15 start to the 1977-78 NBA season, replacing him with the team's 32-year-old general manager, Bob Kauffman, who went 29-29 as head coach.

In 1978, Brown was named head coach of the Tucson Gunners, a franchise in the newly formed Western Basketball Association (WBA). He was named WBA Coach of the Year after guiding the team to a 32-16 record and the league championship, where Tucson beat Reno (which was coached by Bill Musselman), four games to three.

Brown was head coach of the Puerto Rico Coquis of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) from 1983–85, going 28-16 and 27-21, in 1983-84 and 1984–85, respectively. He earned CBA Coach of the Year honors following the 1983-84 season. He also coached the Cincinnati Slammers of the CBA in 1985-86.

In June 1990, Brown was named head coach and vice president of basketball operations for the Baltimore BayRunners of the International Basketball League (IBL). He was fired after going 10-20 in the team's inaugural season. The BayRunners won just seven more games after firing Brown to finish the season at 17-47.

The Bobcats are Brown's third team on which he has served under brother Larry. Together, they helped coach the Pistons to the NBA championship in 2004, and led the Philadelphia 76ers to the 2001 NBA Finals.

Brown has also served as an assistant coach for several teams, including the Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Phoenix Suns, and Atlanta Hawks. He also coached overseas, most notably in Spain in the early 1990s.

At the college level, Brown was head basketball coach at Stony Brook University from 1964–69, earning Coach of the Year honors following the 1969 season.

Brown served as head coach at C.W. Post (of Long Island University) from 1972–74, going 21-5 and 13-12 over two seasons.

On September 3, 2014, Brown was named an assistant coach at Portland.[1]

NBA head coaching record[edit]

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Detroit 1975–76 40 19 21 .475 2nd in Midwest 9 4 5 .444 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
Detroit 1976–77 82 44 38 .537 2nd in Midwest 3 1 2 .333 Lost in First Round
Detroit 1977–78 24 9 15 .375 (fired)
Career 146 72 74 .493 12 5 7 .417

Personal life and education[edit]

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Brown is a graduate of the University of Vermont. The author of three books about basketball, he runs a Basketball Academy in the summer at the New Jersey Y Camps. In 2006, he was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.

Brown now lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife. He has two children--in Charlotte and Atlanta, respectively--and two step-children.


  1. ^ "Pilots Add Veteran Coach Herb Brown and Former NBA Video Coordinator Tim Grass to Basketball Staff". University of Portland. 2014-09-03.

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