Brown leaves UT

The Lady Vol basketball staff is having a hard time keeping guys named Brown these days.

Two years ago, Al Brown left Tennessee to join the staff at Wisconsin, then moved on to South Carolina. Now, Greg Brown is leaving UT's staff to take the head coaching position at Ezell-Harding High School.

Brown, 34, spent just one year as a full-time Lady Vol assistant coach after serving as a graduate assistant in 2002-03. He was hired last April, shortly after longtime UT aide Mickie DeMoss took the head coaching position at Kentucky.

''I appreciate the contributions Greg Brown has made to the program over the past two years,'' UT head coach Pat Summitt said in statement released by the school. ''I wish Greg and his family all the best.''

A native of Shepherdsille, Kentucky, Brown was a student coach under Coach Don Meyer at David Lipscomb University from 1991-93. He later entered the coaching ranks at Friendship Christian School in Lebanon. He served as a junior varsity coach in 1996-98, then served as head coach of the girls varsity program from 1998 to 2002. He led his Lady Commanders to three district championships, a region championship, three sub-state appearances and one sub-state title. In 2002, Friendship posted a 31-3 mark in making it to the TSSAA State Tournament Quarter-Finals.

''I will always be thankful for the opportunity to coach at the University of Tennessee,'' Brown said in the release. ''It has been an outstanding experience for me both personally and professionally. It was a tough decision to make leaving the Lady Vols, but a unique situation opened up for me at Ezell-Harding in Nashville.''

Summitt said that a search for Brown's successor will begin immediately. One possibility is Kellie Jolly Harper, a former Lady Vol standout who now serves as an assistant at UT-Chattanooga.

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