Less than 24 hours after their season came to an end with an overtime loss in the Patriot League quarterfinals to Bucknell, Holy Cross announced that it has decided to replace head coach Milan Brown.
Brown, who arrived at Holy Cross in 2010 after leading the program at Mount St. Mary’s, spent five seasons at Holy Cross and put together a record of 69 wins and 83 losses. Holy Cross finished the 2014-15 season with a 14-16 overall record, going 8-10 in Patriot League play.
“I am disappointed that we must make this change, but the success of our men’s basketball program has not been commensurate with our competitive expectations under Coach Brown’s leadership,” Holy Cross athletics director Nathan Pine said in the release. “I thank Coach Brown for all his efforts at Holy Cross and his many contributions to the College community, especially his care and concern for our student-athletes.”
Next season the Crusaders will have to account for the loss of their top two scorers from this year’s team, as forward Malcolm Miller and guard Justin Burrell are both graduating. Their top scorers who have eligibility remaining are forward Malcolm Alexander (8.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg as as sophomore in 2014-15) and guard/forward Eric Green (6.5, 3.2 as a junior).
To kick-off college basketball in the Bay State, the head coaches of the seven Division 1 schools in Massachusetts will gather at Boston’s TD Garden on the morning of September 26 for the Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Breakfast. The breakfast will be hosted and moderated by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, with first-year Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens making a special appearance.
Hosting alongside Goodman is Boston University head coach Joe Jones.
The six other coaches in attendance will be Steve Donahue (Boston College), Tommy Amaker (Harvard), Bill Coen (Northeastern), Derek Kellogg (UMass), Milan Brown (Holy Cross) and Pat Duquette (UMass Lowell).
Tickets to the breakfast will run hoop fans $100. All “proceeds from the breakfast will benefit Coaches vs. Cancer, a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers basketball coaches, their teams and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer.”
After a 15-14 at Holy Cross, head coach Milan Brown has been signed to a one-year extension, the school announced Tuesday.
Over his two seasons with the team, he is 23-35, including a 4th-place finish in the Patriot League last season. Previous to his time with Holy Cross, he spent seven seasons at Mt. St. Mary’s.
From the Holy Cross press release:
“His team led the Patriot League in three-point field goal percentage defense (30.5 percent) and blocked shots (4.4 blocks per game), with Devin Brown earning All-Patriot League honors and Justin Burrell being selected as the Patriot League Rookie of the Year. During his first year with the Crusaders, Brown led the team to a third place finish in the Patriot League with a 7-7 mark in conference games.”
Brown has reeled in a solid recruit in 2013 with Malachi Alexander, a Baltimore product. Brown welcomes a four-man recruiting class for the upcoming 2012-13 season.
Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_