Tommy Brown is in his first season on Dustin Kern's staff as assistant coach. He was hired in June of 2017. He brings 22 years of coaching, including 18 as a head coach, and has amassed almost 400 wins during his career.
Brown comes to PC after a brief stint as Director of Operations for the Illinois women's basketball team.
A native of Chattanooga, Tenn., Brown came to Champaign after spending 11 years as head basketball coach at Lee University. A semifinalist for the 2012-13 Don Meyer National Coach of the Year Award, Brown led Lee to the NAIA National tournament in eight consecutive seasons, including an Elite Eight and two Sweet Sixteen appearances. He led the Flames to more than 240 victories, two 30-win seasons, and six additional seasons with 20 plus wins. Brown was named SSAC Coach of the Year and the Victory Sports NAIA Division I Coach of the Year in 2008 after leading Lee to a 33-2 record and the SSAC regular season and tournament championships.
Prior to his time at Lee, Brown spent seven years as the head coach and Athletic Director at Bluefield College where he directed the Rams to the Division II National Tournament on four different occasions. He was a three-time Appalachian Athletic Conference Coach of the Year award recipient and led Bluefield to five straight 20+ win seasons. In addition, he led Bluefield to a Division I win at Elon. In addition, he led Lee to a Division I win at East Carolina during his tenure there. Brown also has four years of coaching experience at the high school level, posting a 96-21 record as head coach.
In his stints at Lee and Bluefield, Brown posted 13 straight 20-win seasons and was named a conference coach of the year six times.
Brown earned his Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Covenant College, where he saw a successful college basketball career as a starter, scoring 1,980 points and recording 1,100 rebounds. He received his master's in Physical Education from the University of Tennessee.
Brown has three children, two sons, Mason and Joseph, and one daughter, Emma Kate.
Tommy Brown Career
2016-2017 –Director of Operations, Women's Basketball – Illinois
2005-2016 – Head Men's Basketball Coach – Lee
2004-2005 – Director of Athletics – Bluefield
1998-2005 – Head Men's Basketball Coach – Bluefield
1998-1999 – Assistant Men's Basketball Coach – Belhaven
1994-1998 – Head Men's Basketball Coach – Orangewood Christian School
1993-1994 – Assistant Men's Basketball Coach – Chattanooga State CC