Isaac Brown Introduced as next Wichita State Men’s Basketball Coach
WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Isaac Brown was formally introduced as the newest head men’s basketball coach for the Wichita State Shockers at a press conference Monday, March 1. Athletic Director Darron Boatright and Interim President Rick Muma spoke at the even to welcome Brown as the 26th head coach in team history.
“I want to just be a good coach for this university,” said Brown. “We have such a rich basketball tradition. When I came here as an assistant, my ultimate goal was to be a head coach somewhere some day. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be the head coach at Wichita State. I’m going to 110 percent every day. We’ve got a great staff and we’re ready to get to work.”
Brown has led the Shockers to a 13-4 start, including a 9-2 conference record, with two games to play in the regular season. The Shockers schedule has been affected greatly by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with now 9 AAC games postponed due to issues with their opponents.
“We planned on making this announcement early next week between the end of the regular season and the conference tournament,” said Boatright, “but to be honest with you, we moved it up a week because we lost a week of games and with the conversations going on nationally about us getting into the NCAA tournament, I didn’t want another weekend cycle to go by without our being in the conversation in some form or fashion. We did it on Friday so we could still be at the forefront of the conversation even though we hadn’t played in eight or nine days.”
Brown was named as interim coach only 8 days before the season began, taking over the program following the resignation of Gregg Marshall.
“In our first team meeting, we talked about those guys taking ownership of the team. I want it to be a players-first program. They’re the reason we win. They’re taking the shots, running up and down the floor, executing. The coaching staff tries to make sure those guys are organized and set for every game. This is a players-first program and I just want to do a good job with those guys,” added Brown.
Wichita State University head men’s basketball coach Isaac Brown is losing the “interim” tag. Wichita State Director of Athletics Darron Boatright on Friday (Feb. 26) announced the decision to award the full-time job to Brown.
Wichita State’s athletic department reported that Brown has agreed to a five-year deal.
“Brown will also become the first Black men’s basketball coach ever to lead a Division I program in the state of Kansas,” the athletic department reported.
Going into the 2020-2021 season, the Shockers were picked seventh in the American Athletic Conference preseason poll, Wichita State (13-4, 9-2) is currently in first-place with two games remaining. Brown assumed the interim role on Nov 18, 2020 – just eight days before the team’s scheduled opener. COVID-19 protocol led to early cancelations and had the Shockers playing undermanned in the first few games.
“After a 1-2 start, Brown’s Shockers have since won 12 of their last 14 games -- capped by last week’s upset of No. 6 Houston -- and are now receiving votes in both national polls,” a news release from the athletic department said.
Brown, 51, is in his seventh season at WSU – the first six as an assistant under Gregg Marshall. Brown is in his 19th season overall at the Division I level, having also served as an assistant at Louisiana Tech (2011-14), Arkansas State (2010-11), Arkansas (2007-10) and South Alabama (2002-07).
“Combined, Brown’s teams have posted 11 20-win seasons, made 10 postseason appearances, and won eight regular season titles across four conferences (C-USA, MVC, Sun Belt, WAC),” Wichita State’s athletic department said in Friday’s news release. “The Pascagoula, Miss. native was a standout point guard in college, helping Louisiana-Monroe to a berth in the 1993 NCAA tournament. He owns a bachelor’s degree from ULM in health and physical education.”
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