Dale Brown - Head Coach Clark Atlanta Univeristy,

We are excited about going into the 2011-2012 season with Coach Brown,” Clark Atlanta University President Dr. Carlton E. Brown said.

Brown, a Mississippi native, who was a stand-out at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCC), is tabbed as one of the best players in Mississippi Junior College (JUCO) history. He was a first team JUCO All-American and the 1991 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Men’s Basketball Player of the Year. Brown helped lead the Bulldogs to a 33-4 record and back-to-back Region 23 titles. For his accomplishments, Brown was inducted into in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. After two successful years at MGCC, his talents landed him a scholarship to the University of Kentucky under the leadership of legendary coach Rick Pitino where he was instrumental in carrying the Wildcats to the 1993 NCAA Final Four. During his career at Kentucky, he was named a two-time Southeastern Conference (SEC) Defensive Player of the Year (1992 and 1993) and the SEC Newcomer of the Year (1992).

“I am truly excited and honored to be a part of the Clark Atlanta University family as the new head men’s basketball coach. It is my goal to continue to build upon and strengthen the foundation of excellence in academics, athletics and community service already in place here,” said Brown.

After a brief run in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the Sacramento Kings, Brown played with several European teams in Greece, Italy, Australia and France. His coaching career began as an assistant coach in the NBA Developmental League where he coached 15 players who were granted opportunities to play in the NBA and European basketball leagues. He then served as the associate and interim head coach at Pikeville College for one season before returning to Mississippi Gulf Coast as an assistant. Perhaps his most decorated season as a head coach came in 2007 when he led Moss Point High School to the best record in school history (32-6) and a Mississippi state semi-finals appearance. Brown had been at the helm at Dillard University in New Orleans for the past three years.

Following completion of his associate’s degree at MGCC, he received the bachelor’s in leadership from the University of Kentucky, and subsequently earned his master’s degree in teaching with technology from Ashford University.

“He brings a great knowledge of the game with a history of success and a background, particularly as a player, that can motivate and inspire young players to successful endeavors beyond the basketball court,” said Associate Athletic Director D’Wayne Robinson. “Coach Brown is a great coach not only for the CAU men’s basketball program, but also CAU athletics.”