BayRunners hire Brown as coach

He's also to serve as VP for Baltimore's IBL team

June 17, 1999|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

Baltimore's franchise in the International Basketball League, the BayRunners, hired Herb Brown yesterday as its coach and vice president of basketball operations.

Brown, 62, worked this past season as a scout for the Philadelphia 76ers with his younger brother, 76ers coach Larry Brown. He has coached at the professional level for most of the past 30 years, directing minor-league franchises in the United States and overseas.

His most recent head coaching experience came in the pro premier league in Spain, where he compiled a .608 winning percentage over six seasons before returning to the United States in 1995 to take an assistant coaching job with the Indiana Pacers.

Baltimore general manager Greg Smith said that Brown's record in Spain, along with head coaching success in the Continental Basketball Association and the Western Basketball Association, influenced the hiring decision. In a market with more entertainment options than most in the IBL, Smith said it was important to find a coach who could deliver a winner soon.

"We might have a small honeymoon period," Smith said, "but we're going to need a winner, and we thought that [Brown] could provide that."

Brown also worked as a scout for the Pacers and the Portland Trail Blazers before coming to the Sixers for the 1999 season. He said that after three years out of coaching, it was time to get back in.

"Scouting is important, but I love to coach," he said. "I don't aspire to be an NBA coach anymore, and this is what is available to me."

Because of prior commitments to work at camps and clinics, Brown said he cannot make the move to Baltimore until the end of the summer.

The announcement is one of several that the team will make in the coming weeks. The BayRunners, who will play all 32 of their home games at the Baltimore Arena this season, beginning Nov. 26, plan to reveal their logo and their first player sometime next week.

Pub Date: 6/17/99

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