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Brown named Boone basketball coach

March 20th, 2014 6:16 pm by Jeff Birchfield

Brown named Boone basketball coach

Chris Brown was named boys’ basketball coach at Daniel Boone High School on Thursday after four seasons at Volunteer.

Brown, a Florida native, likes the feel of the Boone program, which he compared to his old high school at Southwest Miami Senior. He talked about similarities between legendary coach Bobby Snyder, who won 842 games at Daniel Boone and Boones Creek, and his own high school coach, Tom Moore, who retired this season after 35 years.

He also felt the Boone job presented an opportunity to build on success. The Trailblazers had winning records in four of the last five seasons under coach Ryan Arnold, who resigned last month.

“I was pretty excited to find out I was only the third coach in the history of the school,”  Brown said. “Following coach Snyder the great things he did and then coach Arnold as well, it’s a pretty well developed situation. I want to just keeping working and building on that.”

Brown first came to the Tri-Cities area in 2009 when he brought his Miami Palmetto team, led by current Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr., to the Arby’s Classic. He moved here months later after his wife, Dr. Annette Abril, took a position at Arthritis Associates in Kingsport. 

His resume’ which includes references from guys like Miami Heat coach Erik Spolstera, South Carolina coach Frank Martin and Michigan coach John Belien, opened the door for the Boone job. However, it was his performance at Volunteer which led to him becoming the Trailblazers’ coach.

“He has a diverse background and that’s one thing that got us interested,” Daniel Boone athletic director Danny Good said. “But I’ve had the opportunity the last couple of years to watch him and how he conducts himself on the bench. He carries himself with a lot of class. The other coaches in the area have had nothing, but good things to say about him. In a short time in the area, he’s gained a lot of respect among his peers. That speaks volumes.”

Many of those rival coaches including Science Hill’s Ken Cutlip, David Crockett’s John Good and Tennessee High’s Roby Witcher called to offer congratulations.

Brown was an assistant at his alma mater for six years before becoming the head coach at Miami’s John A. Ferguson for four seasons. He was at Miami Palmetto for three years with his last two seasons marked by district and league championships.

The last four seasons at Volunteer have seen a steady improvement with the Falcons program. They finished 13-14 during the recently completed season, but were competitive against the top teams in the league. The Falcons pushed Science Hill to overtime late in the regular season, less than two weeks before being eliminated from the District 1-AAA tournament by the Hilltoppers.

“I loved the groups of kids I’ve coached here,” Brown said. “They did everything I asked of them. It was a tough decision, it was difficult to leave.  I just saw it as an opportunity down the road to compete for the big prize.”

He used a lot of matchup zone defense with the Falcons. At Daniel Boone, he wants the Trailblazers to be more aggressive defensively and play an up-tempo style akin to what he did in Miami. 

“I’m a predominantly man-to-man guy,” he said. “We used a lot of matchup here, but philosophically, I like spread the floor and play fast. We just want to get up and down the floor and put the ball in the hoop. I think it’s a style the kids will enjoy playing.” 

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