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Hall of Fame Coach Larry Brown was named head men's basketball coach at SMU on April 19, 2012. Brown is the only head coach to win both an NCAA title and an NBA Championship, having won an NBA title with the Detroit Pistons in 2004 and an NCAA title with Kansas in 1988. Brown was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach on Sept. 27, 2002. Brown is in his 42nd season (2016-17) as a head coach, his 12th at the collegiate level and fifth at SMU.
In 2015-16, the Mustangs finished 25-5 with a 16-1 record at Moody Coliseum. SMU was second in the American Athletic Conference at 13-5. The Ponies were No. 24 in the final AP Top 25 after reaching as high as No. 8 during the season. The final poll was the 17th straight week in the AP Top 25. The Mustangs won the Las Vegas Classic en route to a program-best 18-0 start; eventually becoming the last undefeated team in NCAA Division I. SMU led The American in 8 of 21 statistical rankings and ranked in the top 10 of 7 NCAA stat categories. Nic Moore was selected AAC Player of the Year and AP All-America Honorable Mention for the second straight season. He was named All-AAC First Team for the third straight season. Nic Moore was a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, a member of the Wooden Award Late Season Top 20, on the Naismith Midseason Watch List and on the Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List. Markus Kennedy was on the Karl Malone Award Watch List and earned his second straight AAC Sixth Man of the Year honor. Shake Milton was a unanimous pick for the AAC All-Rookie team. Ben Moore was named to the NABC All-District Second Team.
In his third season (2014-15), SMU claimed the American Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles en route to reaching the NCAA Tournament. SMU finished the season 27-7 overall. The Mustangs went 15-3 in league play, clinching the outright league title (first since 1993) with a 67-62 win against Tulsa in a sold out Moody Coliseum on March 8. The team followed that by winning the AAC tournament title 62-54 over Connecticut. The Mustangs spent nine weeks in the AP and USA Today Top 25 and set home attendance records for a season (124,986) and average (6,944) while going 16-2 in Moody Coliseum. Nic Moore was named AP All-American Honorable Mention and AAC Player of the Year, Markus Kennedy was AAC Sixth Man of the Year and Most Outstanding Player of the Championship, and Yanick Moreira was named the AAC’s Most Improved Player.
In his second season (2013-14), Brown was named the USBWA District VII Coach of the Year, leading the Mustangs into the national spotlight. He was also selected as a finalist for the Naismith Coach of the Year and the Henry Iba National Coach of the Year awards as the Mustangs earned a No. 1 seed in the NIT and eventually reaching the title game at Madison Square Garden. SMU was in the top 25 in four of the last five regular season polls, being ranked for the first time since 1984-85. The Mustangs led the AAC and finished in the top 20 nationally in field goal percentage (48.3%, 18th NCAA) and field goal percentage defense (38.5%, 7th NCAA).
Brown is the seventh-winningest coach in NBA history with 1,098 career victories, and led his teams to 18 playoff appearances, eight 50-win seasons, seven division titles, three conference championships and one NBA Championship. Brown was most recently head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats and guided the Bobcats to the franchise's first-ever playoff appearance in 2010. Charlotte was the eighth different team he led to the postseason - an NBA record.
Brown began his coaching career in the ABA, where he led the Carolina Cougars from 1972-74 before taking the helm in Denver for two seasons. He continued with the Nuggets following their move to the NBA before moving on to coach UCLA for two seasons. There, he led a freshman-dominated team to the 1980 NCAA title game before falling to Louisville.
After two years with the NBA's New Jersey Nets, Brown began his tenure at Kansas in 1983, where he would go 135-44 in five seasons, leading KU to the 1988 NCAA Championship, Kansas' first National Championship in 36 years. In all, Brown spent seven seasons on the collegiate level during the 1980s, two at UCLA and five at Kansas, leading his squads to three Final Four appearances and one NCAA title. He was named Naismith College Coach of the Year in 1988 and Big Eight Coach of the Year in 1986. After two seasons at SMU, his cumulative collegiate coaching record stands at 219-88 (.713).
At the pro level, Brown has served as head coach of the Bobcats, Nuggets, New Jersey Nets, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks. He was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2001 and was named ABA Coach of the Year three times.
With such a long and successful career, Brown has developed an impressive coaching tree. Among those that have served on Brown's staffs are John Calipari, Gregg Popovich, Bill Self and Mark Turgeon. Tad Boyle and Danny Manning are among those who have played for Brown.
Brown played collegiately at North Carolina under legends Frank McGuire and Dean Smith and served as an assistant coach at UNC from 1965-67.
In Olympic competition, Brown was the head coach of the bronze medal-winning United States team at the 2004 Athens Games. He was an assistant coach for the 1980 Olympic squad that did not participate in the Moscow Games and for the 2000 team that won the gold medal in Sydney. As a player, Brown won a gold medal as a member of the 1964 U.S. squad at the Tokyo Games, where he was coached by Henry Iba. He is the only U.S. male to both play and coach in the Olympics.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Brown and his wife Shelly have a son L.J. and daughter Madison. The avid golfer also has two daughters, Kristen and Alli, and six grandchildren.
For Complete coaching record, visit the men's basketball almanac.