Bob Brown's journey in coaching basketball spans five decades. His odyssey includes stops at eight Maine high schools and three colleges, including Division I Boston University. Inducted in the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003, his contributions to Maine basketball have been recognized by the naming of the Maine Basketball Coaches Association Contributors Award in his honor.
After graduating from Augusta's Cony High School and Boston University, Brown began a long career of teaching and coaching at Belgrade High School in 1960. He was hired as the school's head basketball and baseball coach and guided Belgrade to two conference baseball championships. He returned to Cony in 1963 to teach mathematics and coach baseball and basketball and won two more league baseball championships during his four-year stay.
Brown taught and coached at Williams (now Messalonskee) High School in Oakland and at Rockland District High School. In both schools he served as athletic director. In addition to his coaching basketball duties, he also coached cross country, golf, and field hockey.
In 1974 Brown succeeded Gene Hunter as the head boys' basketball coach at South Portland High School. There he piloted the Red Riots to three consecutive state championship game berths, including undefeated 22-0 state title seasons in 1979 and 1980. He was named the Big 8 (later SMAA) Coach of the Year for three consecutive seasons.
In 1981 Brown left the high school coaching ranks to join Rick Pitino's staff at Boston University. He remained on Commonwealth Avenue for three years and then assumed the helm at St. Anselm's College. He inherited a team that was last in the nation in Division II and in his third year guided St. Anselm's to the Northeast 8 Conference title and a berth in the NCAA tournament.
After a one-year stay at Edward Little High School, Brown began a three-year run with the University of Southern Maine that resulted in an overall record of 66-24 and a berth in the NCAA Final Four in 1988-1989. Brown was hired at Boston University as men's basketball coach in 1990 and led the Terriers to 38 wins in four seasons.
In 1996 Brown returned to the Maine high school basketball scene. He coached Bonny Eagle High School for three seasons and led the Scots to a 51-10 mark during that time, including an SMAA title in 1996-1997. Since 2002 Brown has been the head boys' basketball coach at Cheverus. His Stag teams have won three Western Maine championships and have reached the Western Maine Class A finals six times. Brown's teams won state titles in 2008 and 2010.
As observed by his long-time friend and colleague Dick Whitmore of Colby College, Brown "has maintained a level of excellence unparalleled in basketball coaching in this state." He has garnered nearly 600 coaching victories at the high school and college levels. His high school teams have qualified for postseason play in 27 out of 30 seasons and have won fourteen conference championships.
Brown lives in Scarborough with his wife Bonny and is the father of two children - Brett and Barbra.
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