Milan Brown is in his first season as an assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh after spending the previous three seasons at the College of Charleston. Brown joins the Pitt staff with more than 20 years of coaching experience, including 12 seasons as a head coach.
“I have known Milan for over 20 years and have a great deal of respect for him as a coach and as a person,” said head coach Jeff Capel. “He has a tremendous amount of energy and passion for the game of basketball and is an outstanding recruiter with strong ties across the Northeast as well as in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. In addition to being a strong recruiter, he does an outstanding job with player development and establishing lasting relationships with the student-athlete. I am excited to have him join our staff and look forward to his positive presence on the court, in meetings, in the community and at Pitt as a whole.”
Brown joined head coach Earl Grant’s staff at the College of Charleston in the summer of 2015 and helped the program to a 68-32 record with two postseason appearances. The Cougars went 26-8 in 2017-18 and won the CAA regular season and tournament championships before falling to Auburn, 62-58, in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
Brown spent the previous 12 seasons as the head coach at Holy Cross (2010-15) and Mount St. Mary’s (2003-10), compiling a 164-203 record with three postseason appearances and a trip to the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
In 2014-15, Holy Cross upset No. 25-ranked Harvard in non-conference play to mark the program’s first win over a ranked team since 1977. The Crusaders’ top player, Malcolm Miller, graduated and played with the Boston Celtics’ summer league team and is currently under a two-way contract with the Toronto Raptors.
During the 2013-14 campaign, Brown led Holy Cross to a 20-14 overall record en route to its first 20-win season since 2007. The Crusaders placed third in the Patriot League with a 12-6 conference mark and received an invitation to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. Holy Cross’ 68-65 victory at Brown in the first round of the 2014 CIT was its first in a national postseason tournament since 2005.
Holy Cross compiled an overall record of 15-14 and a fourth-place finish in the Patriot League with a 9-5 mark in conference games in 2011-12. Brown’s team led the league in three-point field-goal percentage defense (30.5 percent) and blocked shots (4.4 blocks per game).
During his first year with the Crusaders, Brown led the squad to a third-place finish in the Patriot League.
Prior to his time at Holy Cross, Brown spent seven seasons as head coach at Mount St. Mary’s. During his final three years with the Mountaineers, he led his squad to three consecutive winning seasons and a pair of postseason appearances. Brown’s teams posted a 54-44 record (.551) during those three years, including a 35-19 mark (.648) in Northeast Conference play.
Defense was a staple of Brown’s squads, as the Mountaineers allowed 64.7 points per game and 41.7 percent field-goal shooting over a three-year span from 2007-10, while holding their opposition to under 70 points in 72 out of 98 games. During the 2007-08 campaign, Brown led Mount St. Mary’s to its first NCAA Division I Tournament victory in school history, with a 69-60 win over Coppin State in the opening round.
In 2009-10, Brown’s Mount St. Mary’s team posted an overall record of 16-15 and finished third in the Northeast Conference with a 12-6 mark. The Mountaineers posted an 11-game winning streak from Jan. 28-March 4, the second-longest streak in the school’s Division I history, and advanced to the semifinals of the Northeast Conference Tournament.
A year prior, Brown’s squad went 19-14 overall and 12-6 in the NEC, placing second in the league. The Mountaineers advanced to the NEC championship game before suffering a 48-46 loss on the road to Robert Morris. Mount St. Mary’s was then selected to play in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, falling at James Madison, 69-58, in the first round.
During the 2007-08 campaign, Brown led the Mountaineers to their first winning record in 11 seasons, posting a 19-15 overall mark. Mount St. Mary’s finished the regular season fourth in the NEC with an 11-7 league record before running off three consecutive victories to claim the NEC Tournament title. The Mountaineers then took down Coppin State (69-60) in the NCAA opening round, before falling to North Carolina (113-74) in their next game.
Brown took over as the head coach at Mount St. Mary’s in 2003-04 and led his team to its first NEC Tournament appearance since 1999 during his inaugural campaign. By his third year in 2005-06, the Mountaineers finished fourth in the conference with an 11-7 record – their highest finish in the league since 1996-97.
Following the 2005-06 campaign, Brown was selected as the Northeast Conference’s Coach of the Year by College Insider.
Before his head coaching stints, Brown served twice as an assistant for the Mountaineers under Jim Phelan. He was the associate head coach at Mount St. Mary’s during the 2002-03 campaign and an assistant coach from 1997-2000. During the 1998-99 season, Brown helped lead the Mountaineers to the Northeast Conference Tournament crown and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
From 2000-02, Brown was an assistant coach at William & Mary under Rick Boyages. He previously served as an assistant under Jeff Capel II at Old Dominion from 1995-97, helping lead the Monarchs to a combined record of 40-24 over two seasons. In 1996-97, ODU won both the Colonial Athletic Association regular-season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Brown began his coaching career in 1994-95 as an assistant at Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, Va., where he helped lead the team to a 23-7 record and the state championship.
A 1993 graduate of Howard University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing, Brown earned All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference honors his senior year after averaging 13.1 points and 4.4 assists per game. He still ranks second on the Bison’s all-time career list for assists (445) and scored 1,102 points in his career. Brown led Howard to the MEAC regular-season and tournament titles during the 1991-92 season, earning All-MEAC Tournament honors. He was then named the CBS Player of the Game for the Bison’s contest with Kansas in the 1992 NCAA Tournament. Brown had his number retired at Howard in December of 2005.
The son of Charles and Pamela Brown, he is the oldest of three children. His brother, Morocco, played football at NC State and is the Director of College Scouting for the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. His other brother, Marseilles, played basketball at both Richmond and Hampton, advancing to the NCAA Tournament at each school. He is now the owner of Hoops & Life Pro Skills Training in Columbia, S.C.
Originally from Hampton, Va., Brown and his wife, Tina, are the proud parents of two daughters, Nyla and Sanaa.