Eric Brown, who spent the last four seasons on Henry Bibby's staff at USC, was named assistant men's basketball coach at Iowa State, ISU head coach Wayne Morgan announced today. Brown replaces former assistant Bob Sundvold, who left in October to coach the ABA's Kansas City Knights.
"We are very excited about the addition of Eric to our staff," Morgan said. "He is a proven asset at this level of college basketball."
"I am thrilled to be able to work with Coach Morgan and a fantastic program like Iowa State," Brown said. "This program had great success and I look forward to helping ISU continue its winning tradition."
The 31-year-old Brown, who has over 10 years of coaching experience, was named assistant at USC in 2001, where his duties included offensive coordinator, recruiting, scouting and the development and workouts of USC's post players. In his first year with the team, USC's offense posted several marks that were among the school's all-time top 10: 2,494 points (second all-time), 909 field goals (third), 504 assists (fourth) and 77.9 points per game (eighth). Additionally, USC led the Pac-10 in assist-turnover ratio (1.30). USC's scoring averages in 2003 (76.5) and 2004 (75.4) were among the top 45 in the country. As a recruiter, Brown signed two players ranked in the top 100 nationally in 2003 and another in 2002.
USC's forwards and centers were well decorated under Brown. Jeff McMillan was named the 2004 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year and forward Sam Clancy was named 2002 Pac-10 Player of the Year. In his first two seasons with the Trojans, current Cyclone assistant coach Damon Archibald was on staff with Brown.
Before coming to USC, Brown spent three seasons (1999-2001) as an assistant at Cal State-Northridge, where he helped lead the Matadors to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history (2001) and compile an overall mark of 59-32. In three years, he coached eight all-Big Sky Conference players, including 2001 Big Sky MVP Brian Heinle. In 2001, the Matadors were sixth in the country in field goal percentage and seventh in scoring, while guard Markus Carr led the nation in assists. Three players Brown signed at Northridge earned 2002 Big West All-Freshmen honors, including the Big West Freshman of the Year Ian Boylan.
A native of Los Angeles, Calif., Brown coached at the junior college, high school and AAU levels before his stints at Northridge and USC. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Grant High in Van Nuys, Calif. (1995-97). While at Grant, he coached a pair of all-city players, including former Arizona guard and current Washington Wizard star Gilbert Arenas.
He was an assistant coach at L.A. Valley College in Van Nuys in 1998, where he helped the Monarchs to a 22-10 overall record before joining the Northridge staff. Five players from the 1998 Monarchs team went on to Division I schools. He also recruited four other players who went on to receive Division I scholarships. Those four players led the Monarchs to the state Final Four as sophomores after Brown's departure.
Brown played guard for four years at Grant (1988-91) and played a year at Valley College in 1993. He was a walk-on at Arizona in 1994 before attending Northridge, where he received a bachelor's degree in sociology in 1998. He married the former Aubrey Solheim in 2004.