Brown re­turns home to Bull­dog City as coach

For­mer AHS star takes over boys hoops team

Albuquerque Journal - - SPORTS - BY JAMES YODICE JOUR­NAL STAFF WRITER

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

PAT VASQUEZ-CUN­NING­HAM/JOUR­NAL FILE

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.

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