Georgetown introduced Keith Brown as the school’s new women’s basketball coach on Wednesday morning during a news conference in the lobby of McDonough Gym that included men’s basketball coach John Thompson III and his father, former longtime men’s coach John Thompson Jr.
Athletic Director Lee Reed officially welcomed Brown by saying his commitment to and enthusiasm for the university, his background in education as well as his contributions during the past five years as a top assistant for the Hoyas were the most significant factors in his hiring.
“Everybody has a philosophy on basketball, but usually the person that’s successful is the person that displays the want, the willingness to be here more than anywhere else in the country,” Reed said. “Keith proved that.”
Brown is the seventh coach in the history of Hoyas women’s basketball and replaces Terri Williams-Flournoy, who took the same position at Auburn a little more than a month ago.
Brown had served as director of recruiting and helped land such players as first-team all-Big East selection Sugar Rodgers, who will be a senior next season. Rodgers was a McDonald’s all-American in high school.
The Hoyas secured a bid to the NCAA tournament in each of the last three seasons, including the second appearance in school history in the regional semifinals in 2010-11. They also have been ranked in the top 25 wire-to-wire over the last two seasons, although staying there next season figures to be considerably more difficult with the departure of seven seniors who comprised the winningest class in school history.
“When I first came here, I always thought one day we could get to the Final Four,” Brown said. “Everybody thought I was crazy. If we continue to get the right athletes, if we continue to play our style, we have an opportunity. We’ve got a chance.”