Tuesday, November 6, 2007

former Card Wiley Brown named Men's Head Basketball Coach at IUS

old news, but seemingly good news (and at least exciting news)...

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (Oct. 19, 2007) – Indiana University Southeast announced today that Wiley Brown will serve as the fifth men’s basketball head coach in IU Southeast school history.

Brown succeeds Walt Corbean who resigned from IU Southeast in August to become the director of basketball operations at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C....

A starting forward on the NCAA Division I National Champion basketball team at the University of Louisville in 1980 and a member of the 1982 Final Four team, Brown has served in multiple capacities in the Louisville athletic department since 1992. Brown served as strength and conditioning coordinator under both former Louisville Hall of Fame Head Coach Denny Crum and current Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino for a total of 13 years. In 2003, Brown served as an interim assistant coach for the Louisville men’s basketball program. For the past three years, Brown has been fortunate to serve Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich and the university as the assistant director of outreach and most recently as the director of community enrichment....

Coach Brown is energized about the Grenadiers’ returning players and is ready to begin practice. “I am eager to get on the court and start coaching! I think that Walt (Corbean) left a great team here, and I am ready to continue the success he had here at IU Southeast.”...

Brown is no stranger to playing at a competitive level. As a player at Louisville, Brown posted career totals of 699 points, 407 rebounds and 121 assists, helping the Cardinals to a combined 101-30 four-year record.

After finishing his successful collegiate basketball playing career, Brown joined the National Football League (NFL) where he played defensive end for two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.

After his brief stint in the NFL, Brown returned to basketball. For seven years Brown played professional basketball in the International Federation of Basketball where he traveled throughout the world. Brown spent one year with the CBA Louisville Catbirds and the remaining six years in Spain, France and Italy.

A native of Sylvester, Ga., Brown kept a promise to his mother by earning his bachelor's degree in 1992 from the University of Louisville. He majored in communications, health education and Pan African studies. He was twice named to the U of L honor roll. He and his wife, Anne-Marie, reside in Louisville and have one son, Caleb.

I didn't know he played football too...And it doesn't mention that he has a prosthetic thumb (that got lost and then found the day before the 1980 NCAA championship game).


At November 24, 2007 at 10:14 PM , Blogger Dr. Bob said...

I have been searching for months trying to find out who the men's college basketball player was that had the prosthetic finger. I always thought it was a player on Houston's Phi Slamma Jamma team but it turns out that it's Wiley Brown.
Congratulations to Mr. Brown and I will be looking for his team on Direct Tv.

At June 17, 2010 at 4:08 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

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