After helping to shape the CSUB men’s basketball program as the lead assistant coach for eight seasons, Keith Brown made a seamless transition to the head coach’s chair in 2005–06. Now he leads his team into its first season of active NCAA Division I competition with his 100th career victory under his belt.
Following a successful rookie campaign that saw the Roadrunners win 21 games and advance to the NCAA Regional semifinals, he led CSUB to its 26th consecutive winning season in 2007, including their first victory over an NCAA Division I opponent in 20 seasons.
This is Brown’s first head coaching assignment since he led the Colorado School of Mines to a pair of Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Final Four appearances as head coach from 1992 through 1996.
Brown has served as CSUB’s interim head coach three times during his tenure as an assistant. In 2004, he led the Roadrunners to a pair of road victories, defeating UC San Diego 86–61 and Grand Canyon University 85–67 when the Head Coach Henry Clark couldn’t travel due to illness. In 2005, he guided the ’Runners to an 80–58 win over Cal State Monterey Bay when Clark was away due to a death in the family.
More than just wins and losses, Brown’s leadership focuses on the total educational experience. No coach in the nearly 40 years of Roadrunner basketball has done a better job of graduating players or of actively engaging his team in a myriad of community service activities.
Brown came to CSUB with an extensive collegiate coaching background as both an assistant and head coach. For the five years immediately prior to joining the CSUB staff, Brown served as head coach at NCAA Division II member Colorado School of Mines, where he turned around one of the nation’s worst programs. The year before Brown arrived at the Golden, Colo., campus, Mines went 0–27. In two short seasons, he turned the Orediggers into contenders in the strong Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
Under Brown, CSM consistently ranked among the top defensive teams in the RMAC. On the flip side, he coached the most prolific scorer in Oredigger history, Raul Valera, who earned RMAC Player of the Year honors in 1996, Brown’s penultimate season at Mines.
In addition to his head coaching experience, Brown has accumulated a variety of assistant coaching experience at virtually every collegiate level. His first collegiate job was as an assistant at UC Davis. He moved on to a similar position at NCAA Division III power Lewis and Clark College (Ore.) before serving a two–year stint at the University of Washington.
Brown holds a master’s degree in education from Chapman University and a bachelor’s in P.E. from the University of the Pacific.
Brown has two children: a son (Garrett), who played basketball at Bakersfield College and Grand Canyon, and a daughter (Jordan) who is an honors student majoring in pyschology and Spanish at CSUB.