Former Albany Head Coach Will Brown steps down from TBL job

The Albany Patroons (TBL) and Will Brown announce that Brown is transitioning from his position as General Manager and Head Coach after having successfully led the revival of the organization and re-energized the fanbase as the Patroons completed a season for the first time since 2019. Brown has worked alongside the new Team Market Owners, Phoenix Sports Management, during the off season assisting with 2023 season preparation as well as with their leadership transition.

Will Brown joins the impressive list of successful head coaches that made their mark on the franchise. Brown led the 2022 Patroons team to an overall 29-4 record, the best record across all 44 TBL teams. The Patroons won their division, then went on to win 2 titles; the TBL East Conference title and the TBL Regional Conference title. Coach Brown was named ‘Coach of the Year’, and selected to coach the league’s All-Star Game, leading the TBL All Stars to a win against the NBL All Stars of Canada.

 “First, I would like to thank Ben Fernandez for the opportunity to be a part of the Patroons organization. When I was hired, it was clear my responsibility was to help revive the Albany Patroons while enhancing the level of professionalism to the organization. We enjoyed a tremendous amount of success on the court while attracting the attention of the local media and the community in the process. I am confident that I am a better coach as a result of my time with the Patroons and coaching in the TBL Pro League. I would like to thank our players, my coaching staff, Team President Michael Corts, Team VP Rocco Ricchiuti, our fans and my family for making this such an enjoyable and positive experience for me. A special thank you to the new ownership group led by Sam & Rebecca Clifford for having the trust and confidence in me to help guide the organization towards the future during this off season. After careful consideration and speaking with my family I feel the timing is right to step down. The Patroons are positioned for success, and have ample time to find a new coach, and continue the process of building a competitive roster for the 2023 season.  I will be rooting for the Patroons during the 2023 season and beyond! I am excited about the next chapter of my coaching career” -Will Brown

“It has been an honor working with Coach Brown.” Sam Clifford, Team Market Owner says. “We wish him well on his next journey and may success always follow his footsteps while he continues to pave his path to greatness. He will remain a part of these storied walls.”

David Magley, TBL President says, “Coach Brown brought a level of professionalism to the TBL that raised the standard for our coaches. He was the winning All Star Coach and Coach of the Year last season. We wish him all the best and feel fortunate for his time on the Patroons sidelines.

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