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Wichita State Director of Athletics Darron Boatright has named Isaac Brown interim head coach following the resignation of men’s basketball coach Gregg Marshall.

“What the program needs right now is stability,” Boatright said. “Isaac has been here for seven years and has good rapport and relationships with the players and staff. I think he is the natural choice.”

Brown said:

“I know this is a difficult time for our kids, but we will come together as a team and continue to compete. We have a great group of kids and staff, and we will work hard each day to represent our school and our city.”

Brown, 51, is in his 19th season overall at the Division I level, having also served as an assistant at Louisiana Tech (2011-14), Arkansas State (2010-11), Arkansas (2007-10) and South Alabama (2002-07).

Since Brown’s arrival in the summer of 2014, the Shockers have won over three-quarters of their games (157-50, .758). Eight of those wins have come in postseason play, spanning four NCAA tournament appearances and one NIT. WSU won Missouri Valley Conference regular season titles in each of Brown’s first three seasons on staff (2015, 2016, 2017).

Combined, Brown has helped lead those five programs to 11 20-win seasons, eight conference regular season titles, two conference tournament championships and 10 postseason appearances. Along the way, he’s coached 58 all-conference selections and six NBA players.

Brown owns championship rings from four different conferences (WAC, C-USA, MVC, Sun Belt). The 2018 Shockers nearly gave him a fifth, falling a point short of the American Athletic Conference title.

His proximity to success is no coincidence. A 2020 Stadium writeup named Brown as one of The American’s top assistant coaches. In 2019 he was invited to participate in the TopConnect program, designed to identify and train future leaders in the college basketball coaching world.

A native of Pascagoula, Miss., Brown played collegiately at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Texas A&M and Louisiana-Monroe. He led the latter to an NCAA tournament appearance as a senior in 1993.

Coaching Experience:
Wichita State – Assistant Coach – 2014-Present
Louisiana Tech – Assistant Coach – 2011-14
Arkansas State – Associate Head Coach – 2010-11
Arkansas – Assistant Coach – 2007-10
South Alabama – Assistant Coach – 2002-07
Okaloosa-Walton (Fla.) CC – Assistant Coach – 2000-02
Pascagoula (Miss.) HS – Assistant Coach – 1999-2000
Pearl River (Miss.) CC – Assistant Coach – 1997-99

Birthdate:
May 7, 1969

Education:
1995: University of Louisiana-Monroe, Bachelors, Health and Physical Education

Playing Career:
Mississippi Gulf Coast CC – 1988-90
Texas A&M – 1990-91
Northeast Louisiana (now La. Monroe) – 1991-93

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