Brown returns home to Bulldog City as coach
Former AHS star takes over boys hoops team
With these two words from principal Ryan Homistek, Greg Brown was announced Wednesday as the new head boys basketball coach at Albuquerque High School: “Welcome home.” One of Bulldog City’s most famous and accomplished alums, who is also a former great at the University of New Mexico and a member of the Albuquerque/New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame, is indeed reconnecting with his prep roots as AHS finally was able to announce Brown’s selection.
“I’m humbled by it, I’m excited by it, I’m optimistic,” Brown, 47, said.
The school told the Journal in early August that it had chosen a coach, but the ongoing hiring freeze within Albuquerque Public Schools led to a lengthy delay in making it official.
To that end, Brown will not be on staff at AHS, Homistek said.
“I’m very excited to bring coach Brown back,” Homistek said. “It’s always huge for any school to have an alumnus come back and coach. The community will be very pleased.”
Brown can start working with his team in person on Oct. 5, which is when out-of-season workouts can resume in basketball for APS.
“My dad is going to take Albuquerque High to the next level!! He’s the best to ever come out of Albuquerque High and is the best for this job!!” Amaya Brown, Greg’s daughter and a Cibola High graduate now playing basketball at Florida State, tweeted.
Brown has extensive experience (roughly 15 years) coaching both boys and girls club basketball, and he is a former head girls basketball coach at Bosque School in the early 2010s. As a player, Brown led AHS to a state title in 1990. Later, he was a Western Athletic Conference player of the year for the Lobos in 1994. His first two playing seasons in college were spent at New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs.
“It’s still fresh in my mind, the way that I was coached and the tradition that we had,” Brown said. “Those teams and players were good and they
Greg Brown previously coached at the high school level at Bosque School (shown in 2012 with Laura Trost). He has been hired at his alma mater, Albuquerque High.