Frogs to open season at DMC for third straight season
TCU vs. No. 11 UNLV
Reggie Brown, a longtime presence on the DFW college basketball scene, spent one season as an assistant for TCU under former head coach Jim Christian after joining the Frogs following stints at SMU and UT Arlington.
Brown aided Christian's turnaround of a Horned Frog program that had gone seven years without a winning season before advancing to the postseason in 2011-12. The Frogs placed fifth place in the highly competitive Mountain West Conference, their highest finish in seven seasons as a league member, in addition to posting two victories over ranked opponents (No. 11 UNLV and No. 18 New Mexico) for only the second time in program history.
Despite having only one season at TCU under his belt, Brown hit the ground running for the program on the recruiting trail. He helped the Frogs sign guard Charles Hill Jr. to an Early National Letter of Intent in Fall 2011.
In terms of on-court responsibilities, Brown aided in the coaching efforts of the Frog guards. Among his current pupils was Kyan Anderson, who became only the fifth TCU player ever to earn top league freshman honors in 2012 when he was named Mountain West Freshman of the Year.
Brown helped direct former Frogs Hank Thorns and J.R. Cadot to conference accolades as seniors in 2011-12, with Thorns being named to the All-MW First Team and Cadot appearing on the All-MW Third Team. Thorns made a name for himself as one of the top point guards in school history, as he reached both the 1,000-point and 500-assist milestones as a senior while becoming the first TCU player to be named first-team all-conference in more than a decade. Cadot quietly finished his steady Frog career with the No. 2 all-time position on the program's career field-goal percentage chart, while he also ranked among the top-6 rebounders in the league for a second straight season.
Prior to joining the TCU staff, Brown spent nearly a decade as an assistant coach at Metroplex-area programs SMU (2009-11) and his alma mater, UT Arlington (2002-09).
Brown's two seasons at SMU saw the Mustangs record their two best seasons since joining Conference USA prior to 2005-06. The 2010-11 campaign marked the program's most successful run in more than a decade, recording its first 20-win season and first postseason bid since 1999-2000 while finishing 20-15 and advancing to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) semifinals. The team had its most league wins since joining C-USA (eight) while leading the conference in field goal (No. 7 NCAA), 3-point (No. 13 NCAA) and free throw percentage (No. 38 NCAA). The Mustangs excelled from long-range, making a team-record 277 3-pointers to lead C-USA and rank No. 33 in the NCAA.
Individually, senior tri-captain Papa Dia led the Mustangs, earning selections to the 2011 CIT All-Tournament Team, NABC Division I All-District First Team, All-C-USA First Team and C-USA All-Defensive Team. He was also named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year. Junior Robert Nyakundi was selected third-team All-C-USA, marking the second straight year SMU had two members named all-league.
In Brown's first season (2009-10), the Mustangs finished with their most league wins (seven), best finish (tied for seventh) and best seed (No. 8) since joining C-USA. Dia and Derek Williams were selected to the 2010 All-Conference USA Third Team. It marked the first time SMU had multiple All-Conference selections since the 2001-02 season. Williams was also named to the NABC All-District Second Team.
Prior to his time at SMU, Brown served seven years as an assistant coach at UT Arlington, where he was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2008-09 season. During his tenure, the Mavericks won the 2008 Southland Tournament to earn their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, while he also helped the squad win the 2004 Southland Conference regular season championship. He was part of a staff that coached 11 student-athletes to 13 all-conference honors, including four first-team selections.
Brown, an Arlington native who starred for Sam Houston High School, played at UTA from 1993-97, averaging 16.0 points, 3.0 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game during his career. He started every game over his final two years in a Maverick uniform. During is junior season, he averaged a career-high 19.0 points and 4.3 assists while ranking fifth in the Southland Conference in steals and sixth in the league in assists. Brown closed out his UTA career by averaging 16.0 points and 3.0 assists per game as a senior in 1996-97. He also excelled academically, earning recognition as a member of the SLC's All-Academic team in 1994-95.
Following his collegiate career, Brown went to Europe to play professionally and spent the 1997-98 season with the Tolka Rovers in Ireland. That season, he averaged 24 points and appeared on the cover of one of Ireland's basketball magazines.
Brown returned to UTA following that season to complete his bachelor's degree in speech communication, which he did in 1999. He later coach at Arlington Bowie High School from 1999-2002, serving as the junior varsity boys basketball coach and a varsity assistant. At Bowie, Brown's teams won three district championships and one bi-district title.
Brown and his wife, Anick, have two daughters, Alexis and Autumn.