North Idaho College Athletics Director, Shawn Noel, is proud to announce Fred Brown Jr. as the assistant men’s basketball coach.
“We are very happy to have Fred on board,” Noel said. “He has a tremendous amount of coaching experience and his ability to recruit quality athletes is outstanding. He will be a great addition to North Idaho College.”
Fred Brown Jr. was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. He attended prestigious Mercer Island High School, where he graduated in 1992 with many accomplishments. Brown was a three time All–League selection; a two time All–State basketball player; and he made the Seattle Times All–State basketball team that featured the top five boys & girls of Washington state in the class of 1992. His senior year he led his team to a third-place finish; pouring in an astounding 45 points. After a phenomenal high school career Brown signed a letter of intent to accept a basketball scholarship at the University of Iowa, where his famous father Fred Brown Sr., “Downtown Freddie Brown,” of the 1979 Seattle Super Sonics Championship team played.
Brown spent one year at the University of Iowa, where he strived to earn the starting shooting guard position after his first year. During summer vacation and rigorous training, he faced a serious injury that required surgery to repair his right foot that would not heal, along with academic struggles that held him from returning to Iowa to pursue his passion of a college diploma and an NBA dream. The decision to not return provided Brown with many challenges. He changed his love for playing the game to developing the game as a business for himself and student athletes.
Brown is responsible for developing a national grassroots database and relationship with talented student-athletes and coaches from across the country. His basketball network extends all over the United States and Canada. Brown has spent the past 48 years of his life learning about the game of basketball. Growing up in Seattle and being the son of a famous NBA player, has helped Brown create one of the largest networks of junior high, high school, college, and professional contacts around the world. Brown gives gratitude to his father for teaching him about the game, player development techniques and the operation of basketball camps, clinics, tournaments, and leagues as a business.
Brown specializes in events coordinating, recruiting, scouting, tutoring and player development work for youth, high school, college and professional athletes. Brown is dedicated to helping student-athletes learn the importance of having an exceptional work ethic, good grades, and a positive attitude to be successful in today’s society.
Brown has been coaching basketball for 28 years. He was an Assistant Varsity coach for Mercer Island’s 2000-2001 team that won a Kingco Championship and finished third in State. With Coach Brown’s help the next year, the 2001-2002 team finished with a Kingco Championship and a second-place finish at state, losing in the state championship game to powerhouse Rainier Beach High School. Coach Brown 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. Brown spent the last four years as assistant coach and oversaw player development at College of Southern Idaho.
“We cannot be more excited to add Fred Brown Jr. to our staff,” said NIC Head Coach Corey Symons. “Coach Brown is one of the best recruiters in the country and will help continue the success of our program. He is well versed in junior college basketball and will be a major addition to our program, school, and community.”
Brown believes and has had a lifelong motto that “Opportunities do not go away, they go to someone else!”