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East Tennessee State on Monday hired Brenda Mack Brown as the Buccaneers’ new women’s basketball coach, a week after it was announced that Simon Harris was fired due to Title IX issues during his lone season.
Interim Athletic Director Richard Sander announced Brown’s new position at a news conference Monday.
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Brown is the 10th coach in program history. He was the head coach of the women’s basketball program at UNC Asheville between 2012 and 2020, leading the Bulldogs to four straight postseason berths and consecutive Big South Tournament titles between 2015 and 2019.
He oversaw the largest turnaround season in Division I from 9-22 to 26-7 and was named Big South Coach of the Year in the 2015-16 season.
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Sander was named interim athletic director on Aug. 1 after AD Scott Carter resigned. ETSU announced that Harris has been suspended with pay until August 15, when his dismissal becomes official. The investigation began this spring after two former players alleged discrimination and unfair treatment.
Brown has spent the past two years working in Global Sports and Events and as a consultant at Inkwell Sports Solutions.
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He was an assistant coach at Florida, Charlotte, Jacksonville and Georgia Tech. Brown played at Wake Forest and was a two-time captain.