Brett Brown resigns as Boomers coach
Moving on ... Brett Brown. Photo: Getty Images
AUSTRALIAN Boomers coach Brett Brown has resigned, citing the need to spend more time with his family.
Brown led the Boomers for the past four years including the London Olympics, where the team was knocked out by eventual gold medallist Team USA and finished seventh.
Brown’s contract with the Boomers ended after the Olympics and while many in Australian basketball wanted to see him continue in the role, Brown decided to resign and focus both on his family, based in the United States, and his full-time role with NBA club San Antonio Spurs, where is he is an assistant coach.
Brown also coached the Boomers to the 2010 world championships when the team finished 10th. Brown was also considered instrumental in bringing Boomers point guard Patty Mills on to the Spurs roster leading into last season’s NBA playoffs, with Mills gaining much-needed fitness and skill training leading into the Olympics where he was one of the tournament’s top scorers.
In a statement from Basketball Australia, Brown said he was leaving the Boomers in strong position.
"I am especially proud of the commitment that Australia's best players made to the Boomer program during this term," he said.
"I leave with fond memories of a group of players who played with a spirit and toughness that earned the respect of the global basketball fraternity.
"The basketball community should be excited to have our current group of core players and new talent emerging throughout the country."
Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer Kristina Keneally said Brown would leave a lasting legacy.
"Brett’s contribution to the men’s national team program has been profound – it will last long after his departure,” Ms Keneally said.
"Under Brett’s charge we’ve seen the Boomers surge forward in leaps and bounds – highlighted by the emergence of the likes of Joe Ingles, Matthew Dellavedova and Aron Baynes as star players in our run at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
"We wish Brett all the best in the future and thank him for his amazing contribution to the Australian basketball with the Boomers.”
BA is reviewing its coaching structure and contract arrangements ahead of the Rio Olympics in 2016 with coaches previously signed to four-year deals ending after each Olympics.
When the review is completed BA will then look at appoint its next Boomers coach with current Boomers assistant coaches Andrej Lemanis and Marty Clarke both position applicants along with highly-successful Perth Wildcats coach and former AIS head coach Rob Beveridge another possible candidate.
Brown had presided over the team since 2009, after being assistant coach for 132 games between 1995 and 2003. The New England-born American worked with Lindsay Gaze at Melbourne, before taking over at North Melbourne Giants in 1993, winning 1994 NBL championship. Brown also coached the Sydney Kings from 2000 to 2002. He has been an assistant coach at NBA team the San Antonio Spurs for the past decade.