- 2015 America East Coach of the Year- 2015 Hugh Durham Award Finalist for top mid-major coach- 2015 Basketball Coach Association of New York Division I Coach of the Year- NCAA Tournament Appearance (2015, 2014, 2013, 2007, 2006)- America East Conference Tournament Champions (2015, 2014, 2013, 2007, 2006)- Earned program's first NCAA Division I Tournament win in First Four with a 71-64 win over Mount St. Mary's (March 18, 2014)- College Basketball Invitational (CBI) Appearance (2016)
- CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament Appearance (2012)
- America East Conference Regular Season Title (2015, 2006)- Five-Time America East Academic Champions (2014, 2013, 2012, 2008, 2007)- NABC Academic Team Excellence Award (2013-14 academic year)- Notched a program-record five spots on the NABC Honors Court (2013-14 academic year)- Three America East All-Academic Team selections on five-member team (2014-15, 2015-16)
- 5-0 Record in America East Tournament Championship Games
- 3-0 Record in America East Tournament Championship Road Games
- 19 America East All-Academic Selections (most in America East Conference history)
- 4 America East Scholar Athlete of the Year Selections (most of any coach in America East Conference history)
- Tied for first All-Time among America East coaches with five league titles
Will Brown just wrapped up his 15th season overall as the University at Albany's men's basketball head coach, after spending one season in an interm capacity. Brown, the longest tenured coach in the America East Conference, has led the program to five conference championships, five NCAA Tournament appearances, a CollegeInsider.com CIT Postseason Tournament appearance, CBI Postseason appearance and an unparalleled success in the classroom.
The Great Danes made their first program appearance in the CBI in 2015-16, marking the fifth consecutive year with national postseason attention for Brown's squad. UAlbany won an all-time best 24 regular season games, going 24-7 prior to the postseason. Brown & co., reached 20 wins at the fastest pace in program history en route to a 13-3 clip in America East Conference play. The 2015-16 Danes won 19 straight games in the confines of SEFCU Arena, including ending Stony Brook's nation-best 18-game winning streak on Feb. 17. The Purple & Gold was also a national leader in free throws made, free throws attempted, free throw percentage and three-point field goal percentage defense.
Individually, Joe Cremo was named the America East Rookie and Sixth Man of the Year to highlight conference regular season awards. The freshman was the first to take Rookie of the Year honors since Jon Iati in 2003-04, and the third Great Dane to do so overall with the inclusion of program standout Jamar Wilson. Evan Singletary was the first UAlbany player to garner back-to-back All-Conference First Team accolades since Jamar Wilson in 2005-06 & 2006-07. Ray Sanders claimed his spot on the All-Conference First Team and All-Defensive squad, marking the first time a Great Dane has received both honors in a single season since Brian Lillis in 2007-08. Senior guard Peter Hooley also picked up his fourth career All-Conference honor on the Third Team.
2014-15 was an unprecedented season for the Great Danes, earning their best Division I winning percentage (24-9, .727) and tying their highest win total. UAlbany went 15-1 in America East Conference play and 8-0 on the road to earn its second regular season title and No. 1 seed in the league tournament. Playing all three conference postseason games in the confines of SEFCU Arena, Brown earned his third consecutive and fifth overall America East Tournament title, 51-50 over Stony Brook. Peter Hooley hit a last-second three from the top of the key for the victory. The Danes continued on to Columbus, Ohio in the East Regional to face No. 3 seed Oklahoma as the 14-seed in the NCAA Second Round. UAlbany fell 69-60 in its fifth Division I NCAA Tournament appearance.
In the midst of its 15-1 America East record, the Purple & Gold went on a Division I record 13-game winning streak from Jan. 3-Feb. 13. Brown also took his 200th career victory on Jan. 14 against Binghamton, 73-58.
Under Brown's guidance, a program record four players were named to the America East All-Conference teams, including Sam Rowley, Peter Hooley, Evan Singletary and Ray Sanders. Hooley earned Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team honors for the second-straight year, and was honored as a SUNY Chancellor's Award for Academic Excellence Recipient. Rowley and Hooley were also named to the America East All-Academic Team for the second-straight year, en route to tying the program record for All-Academic picks with three.
Brown earned the program's first NCAA Division I Tournament win in 2013-14 when the Purple & Gold took down Mount St. Mary's in the First Four 71-64 in Dayton, Ohio. He led UAlbany to its second-straight America East title in 2013-14, as the No. 4 seed. The Great Danes repeated their feat as the lowest seed to ever win the tournament, once again knocking off the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds and taking the title on the road.
He was also named the top value coach among Division I head coaches in 2013-14 by HoopDirt.com. The Great Danes also earned the NABC Academic Excellence Award for earning a GPA of 3.0 or above in 2013-14. In addition, the Purple & Gold earned a program-record five spots on the NABC Honors Court, recognizing student-athletes with a GPA of 3.2 or above.
The 2012-13 Great Danes arguably ended their season as their most successful in league history with a 24-11 record, a NCAA Tournament Second Round appearance and won the America East Conference Tournament Championship. Following his third conference tournament championship, he became the fourth America East Conference head coach with at least three conference tournament titles. The 24 wins is a program-best for most wins in a season at UAlbany in Division I. The Great Danes set a record for most non-conference wins in school history with 12.
UAlbany finished the 2011-12 season at 19-15 and a 9-7 conference record. For the third time under Brown's tutelage, the Great Danes earned a postseason berth. UAlbany faced off against Manhattan in the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The Great Danes defeated New Hampshire in the first round of the America East Conference Tournament only to fall short to No.1 seed Stony Brook, on a last-second tip-in, in the Semifinals 57-55.
The Great Danes, with a 9-7 conference record in the 2010-11 season, vaulted near the top of the conference standings with a third place finish. UAlbany's nine-win improvement from the previous season was the second-best turnaround in the program's 97 seasons.
In 2008-09, the UAlbany program won 15 or more games for the fourth consecutive season for the first time in 14 years. The Great Danes, who advanced to the America East semifinals for the third time in a four-year period, became the first seventh seed to defeat a second seed in America East Conference Tournament history.
The Great Danes finished in the upper echelon of the America East Conference by tying for second place in the standings in the 2007-08 campaign. UAlbany won 10 or more conference games for the third consecutive year.
Brown guided the Great Danes to their second straight America East Conference championship after defeating top-seed Vermont in the 2007 tournament final. The Great Danes, who earned an automatic NCAA berth, were seeded No. 13 against Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season winner Virginia. Brown's team totaled 20 victories during the regular season for the first time at the Division I level. UAlbany tied the second-highest single-season win total (23) in school history and posted consecutive 20-win campaigns for the first time in 17 years. Jamar Wilson made his second appearance on the Associated Press All-America squad.
Brown led the Great Danes to their first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament berth in 2005-06 after winning both the America East Conference tournament and regular-season titles. UAlbany set the program's Division I record for single-season victories with a 21-11 record and produced its highest win total since 1993-94. His squad posted UAlbany's first postseason triumph in 11 years with three wins in America East tournament play. The Great Danes, who also established their top conference mark with 13 victories in the regular season, went on to put up a monumental fight against second-ranked Connecticut in a memorable NCAA first-round battle. Brown was named the New York State Coach of the Year.
In 2004-05, Coach Brown led UAlbany to an eight-win improvement from the previous season. The Great Danes registered their best-ever league record at the time with a 9-9 mark and a fourth-place finish. UAlbany also tied the fourth-best improvement among Division I teams which recorded single-digit victories in 2003-04, as only Texas A&M, San Diego and Houston were better.
Brown was appointed as UAlbany's head coach on March 13, 2002, and has worked on the collegiate level since 1995. He became the 15th head coach in the history of the program. At age 40, Brown is still one of the youngest Division I head coaches in the nation.
Coach Brown and his wife, Jamie, work closely with many charitable organizations in the Capital District and surrounding areas. Jamie currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Organization of the Capital Region. She also serves as the Associate Board of Directors for St. Peter's Hospital and co-chairs Coaches vs. Cancer to benefit the American Cancer Society. The Browns are also involved with the upstate Northeastern New York chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.
Brown, who joined the UAlbany staff as an assistant in Sept. 2001, was promoted to interim head coach on Dec. 20 of that year, and guided the Great Danes to a 7-13 record over the last 20 games. UAlbany was among the conference leaders in scoring defense. He coached the team to several impressive victories, including a win over Vermont, the America East Conference's regular-season champion.
Brown previously served as the head coach at Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake, N.Y., from 1998-2001. He led the Generals to a 90-10 record over a three-year period with two regional and two district titles. Sullivan County C.C. posted a 30-2 record and reached the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) championship game in 2000-01. Brown's first SCCC squad appeared in the NJCAA "Final Four" and finished 32-3 overall. The Generals were ranked second nationally in scoring at 92.9 points per game, and ninth in team defense with a 67.1 average.
Brown was chosen the New York State Coaches Association junior college coach of the year in 1999. He also earned Mid-Hudson Conference coach of the year honors three times, and was District V's Coach of the Year twice. In addition, he worked at Sullivan County C.C. as an associate athletic director and as an adjunct professor of sports management.
Previous to his appointment at Sullivan County C.C., Brown spent three years at The College of Saint Rose as an assistant coach on Brian Beaury's staff. The Golden Knights made two NCAA Division II "Elite Eight" appearances in that span, and captured three New York Collegiate Athletic Conference (NYCAC) championships and two Northeast Regional crowns. Saint Rose compiled an 88-13 record from 1995-98.
As a collegiate player, Brown was a two-time NYCAC all-star and three-year starter at Dowling College, an NCAA Division II program on Long Island. He is the only player in school history to combine for more than 1,000 points and 500 assists. Brown completed his career as Dowling's all-time leader in assists (591), three-point field goals (181) and free throw percentage (.859). He also played second singles on the school's tennis team.
A native of Miller Place, N.Y., Brown earned first-team Class B all-state recognition as a high school senior, when he averaged more than 35 points per game. He was chosen All-Long Island and was a three-time All-Suffolk County selection. In May 2010, Brown was inducted into the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame.
In 2011, Coach Brown received the National Sportsmanship Award, organized by the St. Louis Sports Commission and the Citizenship Through Sports Alliance. He was honored for allowing an Xavier University player to travel on the team bus to Cincinnati, Ohio following a December snow blizzard. Additionally, UAlbany's basketball program was recognized with the America East Conference Sportsmanship Award.
Brown resides in Latham with his wife, Jamie, and their two sons, Jackson and Landon. Brown has a master's degree in management and a B.A. in marketing from Dowling College. His father, William, Jr., has served as director of athletics at Miller Place High School, where he previously was head basketball coach for 17 years. His teams won three Suffolk County League VII scholastic titles.
HEAD COACHING RECORD
2015-16 - University at Albany, Head Coach (24-9), CBI Postseaon Tournament2014-15 - University at Albany, Head Coach (24-9), NCAA Tournament 2nd Round, America East Tournament & Regular Season Champions2013-14 - University at Albany, Head Coach (19-15), NCAA Tournament 2nd Round, America East Tournament Champions2012-13 - University at Albany, Head Coach (24-11), NCAA Tournament 2nd Round, America East Tournament Champions
2011-12 - University at Albany, Head Coach (19-15), CIT Postseason Tournament, America East Tournament Semifinalist
2010-11 - University at Albany, Head Coach (16-16), America East Tournament Quarterfinals
2009-10 - University at Albany, Head Coach (7-25)
2008-09 - University at Albany, Head Coach (15-16), America East Conference Tournament Semifinalist
2007-08 - University at Albany, Head Coach (15-15), 2nd Place America East Conference
2006-07 - University at Albany, Head Coach (23-10), NCAA Tournament 1st Round, America East Tournament Champions
2005-06 - University at Albany, Head Coach (21-11), NCAA Tournament 1st Round, America East Conference Tournament & Regular-Season Champions
2004-05 - University at Albany, Head Coach (13-15), 4th Place America East Conference
2003-04 - University at Albany, Head Coach (5-23)
2002-03 - University at Albany, Head Coach (7-21)
2001-02 - University at Albany, Assistant Coach, Interim Head Coach (7-13)
2000-01 - Sullivan County Community College, Head Coach (32-3), NJCAA National Championship Game
1999-00 - Sullivan County Community College, Head Coach (28-5), Region XV Championship Game
1998-99 - Sullivan County Community College, Head Coach (30-2), NJCAA Final Four
1995-98 - College of Saint Rose, Assistant Coach
Championships and Postseason Appearances
NCAA Tournament Appearance (2015, 2014, 2013, 2007, 2006)
America East Conference Tournament Champions (2015, 2014, 2013, 2007, 2006)CBI Postseason Tournament Appearance (2016)
CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament Appearance (2012)
America East Conference Regular-Season Title (2015, 2006)
All-Time UAlbany Team Honors Under Coach Brown
- Most Wins (24) In Division I history (2015-16, 2014-15, 2012-13)
- Most True Road Wins (12) in School History (2014-15)
- Most Non-Conference Wins (15) for an entire season and before conference play (11) (2012-13)
- Nationally ranked in free throw percentage in 2014-15 (13th), 2013-14 (18th), 2011-12 (19th)
- Nationally ranked in free throws made (3rd), free throw attempts (8th), 3-PT FG% defense (8th) in 2015-16
- No. 1 in America East Conference in scoring 2011-12, 2005-06
- No. 1 in America East Conference in FT% 2015-16, 2014-15, 2013-14, 2012-13, 2011-12, 2008-09, 2004-05, 2003-04
- No. 1 in America East Conference in FTA, FTM, FT% (2015-16)
- No. 1 in America East Conference in 3FG% 2011-12, 2010-11, 2006-07, 2005-06, 2004-05
- No. 1 in America East Conference in Rebound Margin 2009-10, 2008-09, 2007-08
- No. 1 in America East Conference in Overall Rebounding 2008-09, 2007-08
All-Time UAlbany Individual Honors Under Coach Brown
All-Time UAlbany Academic Honors Under Coach Brown:
- 30 America East All-Conference selections
- 9 America East All-Rookie selections in 11 years
- 6 America East Conference All-Defensive selections
- 3 America East Rookie of the Year selections
- 2 America East Player of the Year selections
- 2 America East Conference Individual Scoring Champions
- 1 America East Defensive Player of the Year selection
- 1 America East Conference Individual 3FG% leader
- 1 America East Individual FT% leader
- 1 America East Conference Fans Choice Player of the Year
- Most America East All-Academic Team Selections in the history of the America East Conference (19)
- Most America East Scholar Athletes of the Year of any America East head coach in league history (4)
- 2015-16, 2014-15, 2010-11 America East Record three players selected to the five-member All-Academic Team
- 6 CoSIDA Academic All-District Selections
- Five-time America East Academic Champions for Men's Basketball: 2013-14, 2012-13, 2011-12, 2007-08, 2006-07
- Garnered NABC Academic Team Excellence Honors for earning a team GPA of 3.0 or higher in 2013-14
- Notched a program-record five spots on the NABC Honors Court in 2013-14, recognizing student-athletes with a GPA of 3.2 or higher.