JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A wealth of knowledge and familiarity returns to the sidelines for the Jacksonville University women's basketball program with the addition of former Dolphin standout Briona Brown as assistant coach, as announced by Dolphin head coach Darnell Haney Wednesday afternoon.
Brown returns to her alma mater after spending the past two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Warner University in Lake Wales, Fla. During her time with the Royals, Brown was responsible for the holistic development of Warner's post players, individual skill development, and overseeing the team's academic progress.
"Briona is smart, relatable, and passionate about all aspects of the profession. She poured her heart and soul into this program as a player and I've watched her have that same passion in working to develop her craft as a coach. Briona has the "It" factor, and is a phenomenal addition to our staff," stated Haney.
A former standout for the Dolphins from 2012-16, Brown earned back-to-back ASUN Conference All-Tournament Team honors in 2015 and 2016, and was a 2016 All-ASUN Second Team selection. Behind her leadership on the court as a senior and team captain, the Dolphins won the 2016 ASUN Tournament and earned the program's first-ever bid to the NCAA Tournament. She still ranks among the program's leaders in points with 1,215 (5th all-time), rebounds with 650 (4th all-time), blocks with 82 (6th all-time), and steals with 134 (9th all-time).
Following her collegiate career at Jacksonville, Brown became one of two Dolphins to play professionally overseas when she inked a deal in September 2017 with SBS Ostrava in the Czech Republic.
"Words can't express how thankful I am for this opportunity," Brown stated. "I started my basketball career here and it's such a blessing to come back home as an assistant. I'd like to thank Coach Haney for this opportunity, and I hope that I can sow into this program what he and others have sowed into me. I am going to help develop these young ladies to be the best versions of themselves, both on and off the court."