Brett Brown is a professional American elite basketball coach who uses his skills in the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA. His journey from South Portland to the world’s top basketball players includes an outstanding college career at Boston University, an extensive coaching career in Australia, and as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs.
Brett Brown’s Bio
Brett William Brown, the Sixers’ head coach, was born February 16, 1961, in South Portland, Maine, the son of Bob and Bonny Brown. He attended South Portland High School, where his father was the head coach.
During his high school career, he was named to the All-State Guard’s first team in 1978 and 1979 and led his team to a 27-0 record in his senior year and a State Class A title. Following his high school career, Brown played four seasons at Boston University with the Boston Terriers under Rick Pitino. There he continued his star athletics career and received several mentions and awards in turn. In his second year, he was named MVP of Lou Cohen and served as team captain in both the junior and senior seasons.
Although he was an outstanding player, he never imagined a career on the court, but rather behind the scenes as a coach. He never went pro, but rather was given an assignment as an assistant coach under coach John Kuester before moving to Australia.
To get his coaching career off the ground, he was offered a job as assistant coach of the Melbourne Tigers until he became head coach of the North Melbourne Giants in 1993. A year later he led the Giants to a championship victory and was named NBL Coach of the Year. After five explosive years with the Giants, he was introduced to the NBA as an unpaid intern with the San Antonio Spurs in 1998-1999.
From 2000 to 2002, he returned to the Australian team, where he coached the Sydney Kings from 2000 to 2002 and also played an important role in the Australian national team. Brown was an assistant coach from 1995 to 2003, both at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games and the 1998 World Championships, and as head coach from 2009 to 2012 when he led the team to the 2012 Olympic Games.
He returned to the Spurs as head of player development and finally in 2007 as assistant coach to Gregg Popovich. He created a consistently strong bench by focusing his attention on the team’s lesser-known players and played an important role in signing one of his Australian internationals, star guard Patty Mills. Brett Brown also earned four championship rings with the Spurs.
After serving under the tutelage of legendary coaches such as Rick Pitino, Lindsay Gaze, Gregg Popovich, and, of course, his father, he was to become the 24th coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. In August 2013 he became head coach of the Sixers, who offered him a guaranteed 4-year contract. He inherited a team in “total reconstruction mode” but was later to be praised for his cheerful perseverance during an unprecedented reconstruction program.
In the second half of the 2013-2014 season, the Sixers set the record for the longest NBA losing streak after losing 26 consecutive games. Despite this, Brown made every effort to develop his players with his collaborative skills, work ethic, self-analysis, and essential sense of humor. For example, one of them, point guard Michael Carter-Williams, won the NBA Rookie of the Year of the season.
The 76ers signed Brett Brown to a contract extension in December 2015 and another contract extension in May 2018. He was also named interim president of the basketball operations for the team on June 7, 2018.
The head coach of the Sixers is a real gem from the old block. Not only did he come from a sports-oriented family, but he repeated and even doubled the success of his predecessors.
His father, Bob Brown, trained for 52 years – mostly in high schools, but also in colleges like Boston University, Saint Anselm College, and the University of Southern Maine before retiring in 2012. Bob Brown is also a member of five halls of fame. Father and son represent a coaching line that is unparalleled in Maine’s annals, and both have been inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.
Brett Brown met and married his wife Anna (born September 1967) in Melbourne, Australia. The duo has been married for over two decades and has two daughters, Julia and Laura, and a son, Sam. They live in Voorhees, New Jersey.
Height, Weight, Body Measurements
The veteran coach is a feast for the eyes with his athletic body shape. He is 5 feet 11 inches tall. His weight and body measurements, although it is not known whether they match or not.