One of the many new faces joining the College of Southern Idaho Men’s Basketball program this fall will be new assistant coach Fred Brown, Jr. who was born and raised in Seattle, Wash.
“Fred Brown is someone I’ve known for a long time,” said CSI Head Coach Jeff Reinert. “He’s an exceptional coach with a great reputation and network that will benefit our program. Coach Brown has helped hundreds of players in the Northwest realize their dream of playing college basketball and I’m thrilled that he will now have the opportunity to further his impact on student athletes and develop as a coach at the collegiate level.”
Brown Jr. currently specialize in events coordinating, recruiting, scouting, tutoring and player development work for youth, high school, college and professional athletes. He grew up around the game of basketball, being the son of former NBA great Downtown Freddie Brown, who played 13 seasons for the Seattle SuperSonics and was the captain during the team’s 1978-79 NBA championship season.
Not only has Brown Jr. run his Seattle Basketball Services Business, he has coached for 25 years. He was an assistant varsity coach for Mercer Island’s 2000-2001 team that won a Kingco Championship and finished third at state and then followed that the next year with another Kingco Championships and a second-place finish at state. He also spent two seasons as the head varsity basketball coach at Eastside Catholic High School and three seasons as the head men’s basketball coach at Edmonds College. He has coached with National Team Phenom USA and is a regional director for Junior Phenom.
Prior to coaching, Brown Jr. played high school at Mercer Island High school and then at the University of Iowa as a shooting guard until an injury ended his playing career.
“I am excited and thankful for this new chapter in my life to grow as a professional at CSI,” said Brown Jr. “I am grateful for this opportunity to become an assistant basketball coach in a community that loves basketball and supports the college. CSI is a regional and national basketball powerhouse where student athletes can thrive and be successful both in the classroom and on the basketball court and Twin Falls is a great family oriented community and basketball hungry town!”
Brown Jr., who starts officially July 1, believes “Opportunities do not go away. They go to someone else.”