South announced hiring Chris Brown as its basketball coach on Monday (follow me on Twitter, @joannachadwick, for breaking news), but I didn’t get a chance to talk to him until today to find out a little about his background.
Brown, 44, has coached AAU basketball for 16 years and has done personal training for the past 10. Outside of basketball, he’s a real-estate developer.
I asked him what his goal was for South’s once-proud basketball program.
“More than anything, it is to bring South High back to the pinnacle of boys basketball. Making sure that they are able to be proud of a program and a tradition that clearly has been negatively impacted over the last several years. Try to get some consistency and continuity into the program.”
South won four titles under Bill Himebaugh in the late 1970s and 80s, then won six titles under Steve Eck, the last in his final season, 1995-96. Eck has a 227-15 record at South, the City League’s best.
Since then, South has had three winning seasons, including a third-place finish in 6A under Mark Potter, the Newman men’s coach.
In the past seven seasons, South has had five different coaches and won 13 games in the past four.