Brown father, son named inaugural members of Maine Basketball Hall of Fame

Former Rockland coach Bob and son Brett Brown to be inducted
By Mark Haskell | Mar 27, 2014

Bangor — The Maine Basketball Hall of Fame announced its inaugural class Wednesday, March 26, with a former Midcoast coach among the men and women who have earned the illustrious honor.

Bob Brown, who has won more than 600 games combined as a coach at both the high school and collegiate levels, is one of the many nominees. Interestingly, his son, Brett, the first-year head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, also will be inducted.

Bob was the boys basketball coach at Rockland District High School in the late 1960s through early 1970s and led the Tigers to many Eastern Class A tournament appearances. He also was instrumental in the implementation and growth of the Rockland peewee program in the 1960s.

His overall high school coaching record is 476-154, while his collegiate mark is 142-144, according to the Portland Press Herald.

Brown also coached at Williams High School of Oakland (prior to Messalonskee High School), Edward Little of Auburn, Bonny Eagle of Standish and Cheverus of Portland. He also has coached at the University of Southern Maine, Boston University and St. Anselm College of Manchester, N.H.

His high school teams won four state titles and seven regional championships, while his college teams made four trips to the NCAA tournament. His 1988-89 USM team reached the Division III Final Four.

Brown, along with many others, will be inducted on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 4:30 p.m at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, the site of the new hall.

Bob son, Brett, also will be among those inducted.

Brett currently is the head coach of the Philadephia 76ers, and prior to that was an assistant coach on the San Antonio Spurs (when the team won four NBA titles). Prior to that, he spent time in Australia where he was on the coaching staff for teams such as the Sydney Kings, the North Melbourne Giants and the Melbourne Tigers.

As a youth, Brett played in the Rockland Recreation Department's youth basketball programs and helped lead Ted's Sav Mor to multiple Rockland peewee titles. He then went on to a standout court career at South Portland and Boston University, under coach Rick Pitino. Brett was the Terriers' most valuable player his sophomore season and team captain his final two years at the school.

Both father and son are members of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.

One of the criteria for being considered for the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame is one has to be out of high school for at least 20 years.

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Mark has been covering local sports throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln county since 2007. He has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maine and is also a 2000 graduate of Rockland District High School.

Mark is an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox, fantasy sports, the AMC drama "Breaking Bad" and iced coffee.

He resides in Thomaston with his wife Jenn and sons Beckett and Austin.

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