Last week, the Associated Press reported that Georgetown promoted assistant coach Keith Brown to the head coaching position for women’s basketball. On Monday, Georgetown confirmed the hire in a press release and on Wednesday morning, Athletic Director Lee Reed officially introduced Brown in a press conference.
Donning a Georgetown hat given to him by Reed, Brown spoke about the program at length and thanked his many supporters during his tenure at Georgetown. In a statement issued on Monday, Reed had kind words to offer on Brown’s hiring:
“I am excited to be promoting Keith to head women’s basketball coach. He has been an integral part of our success over the past few seasons and I am confident he can sustain the program’s momentum. Keith is a proven recruiter and motivator, he has the ability to push these student-athletes both on the court and in the classroom and I look forward to what he will bring to the program.”
Brown, a passionate presence on the Hoya bench for the past five seasons, served as former Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy’s top assistant in addition to his role as head of recruiting. He fills a void left by Williams-Flournoy after her departure for the vacant head coaching position at Auburn University.
“On the court, it’s easy to see his enthusiasm and passion on every play,” said Hoya Blue member Adam Ramadan (SFS ’14). “We think he will really flourish as head coach and add to the success of the last few seasons.”
In his time on the Hilltop, Brown played an integral role in the greatest success the program has seen, helping Williams-Flournoy lead the Hoyas to three NCAA Tournament appearances. As the lead recruiter, he spearheaded the program-changing Class of 2012 and successfully landed the Hoyas’ best player a year later in rising senior Sugar Rodgers.
Almost immediately after the press conference, Brown made his first splash in charge of the program, naming Kenya Kirkland (COL ’10) an assistant coach. Kirkland presumably fills another position created after first-year assistant coach Adrian Walters joined Williams-Flournoy’s staff at Auburn in the same capacity.
Unfortunately for the Hoyas, the coaching staff represents only part of the fluctuation, as the program also loses seven seniors to graduation. Rodgers will return, but like the men’s side this year, the Hoyas will need significant growth from their underclassmen to continue their string of success. At the very least, with Brown at the helm, motivation will not be an issue.
“We woke up this morning, so we have a chance to be great,” he said at the close of the press conference. “Greatness is upon us, greatness is not going to walk through that door, so we got to go get it, so we’re about to go get it.”
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