M. Brown to take over Mount job next season

Coach, 32, gets 3-year deal to be Phelan's successor

College Basketball

January 18, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

EMMITSBURG -- Associate coach Milan Brown will take over as Mount St. Mary's head coach next season, director of athletics Harold Menninger announced yesterday.

Brown, 32, will become the 21st coach in Mount history, succeeding Jim Phelan, who announced he will retire after the season, his 49th at the school.

"We had a great opportunity of finding an energetic, talented and resourceful young professional right in our own backyard that is highly capable of continuing to build on the strong foundation that already exists," Menninger said.

Brown, a native of Hampton, Va., signed a three-year contract that will take effect July 1.

"To become a head coach, especially at a place like Mount St. Mary's, is what I have been working toward," Brown said. "I look forward to leading these young athletes while building a strong program that will carry on the legacy Jim Phelan has built the past 49 seasons."

Brown began his collegiate coaching career at Old Dominion in 1995. In his second and final season at Old Dominion, the Monarchs captured the Colonial Athletic Conference title and a berth in the 1997 NCAA tournament.

The next season, Brown left for Mount St. Mary's to assist Phelan, and two years into Brown's tenure he helped guide the Mount to a Northeast Conference tournament title and a NCAA tournament berth. After the next season, Brown left the Mount for a two-year stint at William and Mary. He returned to the Mount this past season as associate head coach.

Brown, who graduated from Howard University in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in marketing, earned All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference honors his senior year. He holds the Bison's career record for assists with 445 and ranks eighth in scoring with 1,102 points. He led the Bison to their last appearance in the NCAA tournament in 1992.

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