JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A wealth of knowledge joins the sidelines for the Jacksonville University women's basketball program with the addition of Dawn Brown as assistant coach, as announced by Dolphin head coach Darnell Haney Monday afternoon.
Brown comes to Jacksonville following a pair of head coaching stints at Shorter University (2017-18) and Prairie View A&M University (2013-2016). She compiled 48 wins during her tenure as a head coach, and guided Prairie View A&M to its fourth-straight Southwestern Athletic Conference title and NCAA Tournament appearance during her first season as interim head coach in the 2013-14 season. Following the season, she was named the 2013-14 HBCU Digest Female Coach of the Year.
"Dawn's enthusiasm and passion for developing young women is contagious," stated Coach Haney. "Couple that with her experience as a head coach and recruiting coordinator at successful programs in regions we want to touch means we have a gem. We pride ourselves on finding diamonds in the rough, and in Dawn we've found a diamond, a great coach, and the perfect fit," stated Coach Haney.
In just her second season at the helm of Prairie View A&M, Brown guided the Lady Panthers to the program's first-ever victories over the University of Houston and Sam Houston State. She also spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach for the Lady Panthers.
"I want to thank Coach Haney for allowing me to be a part of the JU family. I am beyond thrilled to be given this opportunity. It's an exciting time to be with a program with such a great winning culture, a high academic reputation, and part of a league that's notable for being so competitive," noted Brown.
With a reputation as one of the nation's top Division I recruiters, Brown also spent four years as an assistant coach at Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi, where she helped the Lady Bulldogs finish the 2009-10 season with their best record in 12 years and advance to the semifinal round of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament.
Along with an impressive coaching repertoire, Brown's playing career is nearly as extensive. She began her career as a two-time team captain at Atlanta Metropolitan College, where she led the team to back-to-back GJCAA Tournament appearances and was part of the inaugural team in 2000. Brown then finished her career at Jackson State University, where she earned her degree in sociology in 2005. While there, she led the Lady Tigers to a SWAC Regular Season Co-Championship and an appearance in the SWAC Tournament semifinals.
"From the moment I stepped on campus, I was blown away, especially with how impressive and passionate Coach Haney is about leading this great program," added Brown. "His enthusiasm and vision truly excites me and I look forward to joining the culture that he has helped establish."