LA Tech versus FIU 1/11/14
Isaac Brown enters his third season as an assistant coach for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs after being added by head coach Michael White to the coaching staff in 2011.
Brown's responsibility for the Bulldogs mainly involves coaching the wings and guards which has consisted almost entirely of underclassmen.
With his assistance, LA Tech featured two guards who were selected first team all-WAC this past season as well as having one guard named to the All-Newcomer team and the All-Defensive team.
Brown was an integral part in the Bulldogs historic 2012-13 season which concluded with a 27-7 overall record, the second most wins in the program's 84-year history, and a 16-2 mark in conference that earned the `Dogs their first ever WAC regular season championship.
The year featured a program record 18-game winning streak, the school's first AP Top 25 ranking in 28 years and a berth into the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) where the `Dogs advanced to the second round.
This solid foundation was laid a year earlier by the coaching staff when the team finished the regular season with wins in five of their last six games and reached the program's first-ever WAC Tournament final after upsetting Utah State and Nevada in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively.
After coming up just 40 minutes short of the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1991, the Bulldogs finished with an overall record of 18-16, a six-win improvement from the year before.
Prior to joining White's staff, Brown served as associate head coach at Arkansas State.
In the 2010-11 season, Brown helped the Red Wolves to a 17-14 overall record including a 13-0 mark at home while serving under head coach John Brady. ASU won the Sun Belt Conference West Division title with an 11-5 record.
Prior to ASU, Brown spent three years at the University of Arkansas (2007-10) under head coach John Pelphrey, assisting with recruiting and on-the-floor coaching. During his time with the Razorbacks, Brown helped lead the squad to a 52-45 record, including a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2008 when the team advanced to the second round.
Prior to his stint at Arkansas, Brown served on the coaching staff for Pelphrey at South Alabama for five seasons. During his time at USA, Brown helped direct the Jaguars to the best turnaround in the nation in 2006 when the team improved its record to 24-7 after three losing seasons, captured the SBC West Division title and tournament championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998.
Following their success in 2007, the Jaguars posted a 20-12 record in 2007, won the SBC regular-season title and earned a berth in the NIT, where it dropped a 79-73 decision to Syracuse.
The 2007 team led the Sun Belt in turnover margin (+2.53), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.12) and three-point defense (.325), and it was second in steals (7.22) and scoring defense (67.3). The Jaguars also made 272-of-749 three-pointers, an average of 8.5 per game.
Brown began his coaching career at Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, Miss., in 1997. After two years, he went to his hometown school as an assistant at Pascagoula (Miss.) High School. Following one season, he moved back into the junior college ranks at Okaloosa-Walton Community College in Niceville, Fla. At OWCC, he recruited and coached Kedric Brown, who in 2001 became the first junior college player selected as an NBA lottery pick (No. 11 by Boston). He also coached guard Donell Taylor, who is with the NBA's Washington Wizards. Fifteen OWCC players signed Division I scholarships while Brown was on the staff.
Brown earned his bachelor's in health and physical education from Louisiana-Monroe in 1995. He played two years at Mississippi Gulf Coast CC (1989-90), spent one season at Texas A&M (1991), transferred to Louisiana-Monroe and sat out the 1992 season before helping his team win the 1993 Southland Conference title at 17-1, finish 27-4 overall and earn an NCAA Tournament bid.