Brown Extends Contract With UMKC Men's Basketball Program
Courtesy:UMKC Athletics
Release:06/09/2011
Courtesy: UMKC Athletics/MSH Photography
Director of Athletics Tim Hall announced...
Kansas City, Mo. -- Director of Athletics Tim Hall announced today that Matt Brown has received a contract extension to keep him as the head men's basketball coach at UMKC through the 2013-14 season. Brown will be entering is fifth season with the Kangaroos this 2011-12 season

"We are so fortunate to have secured Matt Brown through the 2013-14 season as the head men's basketball coach here at UMKC," said Hall. "Matt's persistence in building a competitive men's basketball program is beginning to shine through, which is evident after the success of last season, and he is truly doing what it takes to get these young men to the next stage of their lives both academically and athletically. Our expectations are set high for our men's program. We are encouraged by the strides he and his staff are taking to get the Kangaroos viable for a Summit League Championship and are looking forward to their continued growth."

"I am so appreciate and grateful for the opportunity to continue leading this men's basketball program," said Brown. "The support of me and my staff from Athletics Director Tim Hall and Chancellor Leo Morton has been outstanding. We are excited for our upcoming foreign tour taking place this summer and are excited for preparations to begin for the 2011-12 season."

During the 2010-11 season, Brown coached the men’s team to a 7-0 start inside Swinney Recreation Center, which was the best home start in UMKC school history. Brown also started off the season 4-0 for the longest winning streak in his tenure. The Kangaroos finished the 2010-11 season 16-14 overall, finishing over .500 and capping off the year with a trip to The Summit League Men's Basketball Championships. Brown recorded the third most wins in a season and the third most Summit League wins in a season.

Brown coached Spencer Johnson and Jay Couisnard to Second Team all-Summit League selections and watched Couisnard scored his 1,000th collegiate point in just two seasons with the Kangaroos. Johnson set the UMKC school record for rebounds and games played in a career.

In just four years at the helm of the `Roos, Brown ranks seventh all-time at UMKC in overall wins (47) and ninth in winning percentage (.353). He also has the fourth and fifth best winning percentages in the division I era.

Prior to making his move to the head coaching ranks, Brown spent 10 years as an assistant coach under John Beilein at Richmond and West Virginia.  During his time at the two universities, Brown helped guide teams to the post season in seven of his 10 years on the sidelines.  Three of his squads advanced to the NCAA Tournament, while four teams made National Invitational Tournament (NIT) appearances.

 

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