Al Brown, Outstanding basketball coach

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A 1959 graduate of Connersville High School and a 1964 graduate of Purdue University, Al Brown has a distinguished career as a basketball coach. 

He has had an interesting and unique career as he is the only coach in the history of intercollegiate athletics to have played an active role in national championship games in three different sports, including five appearances as a coach in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship game.  Brown is also the only coach to coach men’s and women’s basketball in the Southeastern Conference and the Big Ten Conference at two different schools in each conference. Also, he is the only coach in college basketball history to coach in the men’s (1969, Purdue vs. UCLA) and women’s national championship game (Tennessee, 1996-98, 2000; Michigan State, 2005).


Coaching Experience

Women’s Assistant Coach
Duke:  2007-present
Michigan State:  2004-07
South Carolina and
Cleveland State:  2003-04
Wisconsin:  2002-03
Tennessee:  1995-2002


Men’s Assistant Coach

Tennessee:  1991-93
Minnesota:  1988-91
Western Michigan:  1987-88
Ball State:  1977-82
Purdue:  1967-70


Men’s Head Coach
Ball State:  1982-87


Nominated by Brian Vukadinovich