Keith Brown resigns as Georgetown women’s basketball coach


Keith Brown resigned as Georgetown’s women’s coach Thursday. (Alex Brandon/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Georgetown women’s basketball Coach Keith Brown resigned Thursday, eight days after university officials placed him on administrative leave following complaints of unprofessional conduct and inappropriate language that were lodged by some of his players.

Brown’s resignation, submitted to and accepted by Athletic Director Lee Reed on Thursday, is effective immediately.

“We expect the highest standards of behavior and professionalism from all members of our university,” Stacy Kerr, Georgetown’s assistant vice president of communications, said in a statement. “Actions inconsistent with our values have no place in our community.”

Reed, who hired Brown only to accept his resignation 17 months later, was not made available to comment despite requests left at his office, with Georgetown’s sports information department and with Kerr.

The Hoyas, who have begun practicing for the 2013-14 season and are scheduled to open the season Nov. 8 against Richmond, are being led by assistant coaches in the wake of Brown’s resignation, according to the university’s statement. It is unclear which assistant is serving as the primary interim coach or what Georgetown’s timetable is for naming a successor to Brown.

Assistant coach Tim Valentine, who was also placed on leave pending the university’s internal investigation, has rejoined the Hoyas’ staff.

“No evidence was found that he interfered with the investigation,” Kerr said in the statement. “No allegations of abusive or inappropriate language were made against Tim Valentine.”

Concerns about Brown were raised by players two weeks before he was placed on leave, as the team began preparing for what would have been his second season as the Hoyas’ coach.

Brown was named coach of the Hoyas in May 2012 after serving as the top assistant and head recruiter for five seasons under Terri Williams-Flournoy, who left Georgetown to become coach at Auburn. Since his promotion, multiple players have left the program, included two who transferred to George Mason: Taylor Brown, The Post’s All-Met Player of the Year in 2011, and Jasmine Jackson, who played two seasons for the Hoyas.

Georgetown lost eight of its final 10 games and finished 15-16 in Brown’s only season, missing the NCAA tournament for the first time in four years.

Liz Clarke currently covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. She has also covered seven Olympic Games, two World Cups and written extensively about college sports, tennis and auto racing.

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