Herb Brown returns to college ranks

Staff Report

Longtime NBA coach Herb Brown has been named a University of Portland men’s basketball assistant coach, it was announced on Wednesday.

Brown, 78, joins head coach Eric Reveno’s staff along with former Portland Trail Blazers video coordinator Tim Grass, who was named the Pilots’ basketball technology coordinator.

Brown began his coaching career as an assistant at C.W. Post in 1960. He guided the Detroit Pistons from 1975-77 and worked for years as an assistant for eight NBA teams, including under his brother, Larry, on Detroit’s 2004 NBA title-winning team. He’s also coached in Spain and 15 seasons in Puerto Rico, and received the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ International Lifetime Coaching Achievement Award in April.

“When it became clear we had the opportunity to have Coach Brown join our staff this year, it was apparent to everyone in our program that it was a great opportunity,” Reveno said in a statement. “In addition to his tremendous experience, he is a tireless worker with bounds of passion for teaching the game. As a staff, we didn’t want to just talk about ‘getting better every day,’ but truly embrace it.”

Brown served as the Japan women’s national team advisor coach in 2013, helping the squad capture the FIBA Asia Championship for Women for the first time since 1970.