Longtime Coppin State basketball coach retires

Posted at 2:02 PM, Apr 22, 2016

Derek Brown, the coach with the most wins in Coppin State women's basketball history, is retiring as the Coppin State women's basketball head coach.

He steps down after 30 years of serving as a basketball coach at the college. Brown was the women's head coach for the last 17 seasons and finished with an overall record of 269-237. Before that, he was an assistant on the men's coaching staff beginning in 1986.

Brown took over the women's basketball program during the 1999-2000 season. The Eagles accomplished five 20-win seasons and nine different seasons with a winning record, according to a news release from Coppin.

He led Coppin State to three NCAA Tournament appearances, two berths in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament and three Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular-season crowns, along with a then-conference record 49-game winning streak.

Brown also won two MEAC Coach of the Year honors and has been named the Most Outstanding Coach of the MEAC Tournament on three occasions.

Under Brown, a Coppin State player has been named the MEAC Player of the Year on five occasions.

During his earlier tenure with the men's program, he helped guide the Eagles to nine Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular-season titles, 11 straight winning seasons, two National Invitation Tournament appearances and three NCAA tournament appearances.

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