March 22, 2008
Huntington, W.Va. -
Larry Brown, one of the most renowned coaches in the history of basketball, will be the keynote speaker at the 30th annual Big Green Scholarship Foundation Dinner sponsored by Pepsi.
"It is hard to top having the only person to coach both an NCAA champion and an NBA champion speak at your banquet" said Marshall University Director of Athletics Bob Marcum, who joined Big Green Board of Trustees President Mark George in making the announcement about the event on April 24 in the Cam Henderson Center.
"The Big Green is blessed to have Coach Brown join such an elite group of recent prominent speakers," said George. "Last year we had Billy Donovan and the year before Jim Tressel and the year before that John Calipari. Now we're getting Larry Brown to help us raise money for our student-athletes."
In an amazing coaching career, Brown recorded 1,010 regular season victories in 23 seasons as an NBA head coach, plus another 100 playoff victories, including 16 in 2003 when he led the Detroit Pistons to the NBA championship. He has another 177 college coaching victories, winning the NCAA title in 1988 with the Kansas Jayhawks. His 1979 UCLA Bruins were defeated by Louisville in the NCAA Final Four championship game.
Brown's regular season victories rank him fifth all time, but if you add his 229 playoff wins and another 127 ABA regular season and playoff wins, his total professional coaching victories climb to 1,366.
Brown was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002. He was the ABA Coach of the Year three times and NBA Coach of the Year in 2001 with the Philadelphia 76ers. In his 34 years of coaching, he has been head man for eight NBA teams, two ABA teams, two college teams and the 2004 U.S. Olympic team. He is the only man to both play for and coach a U.S. Olympic team. A native New Yorker, Brown played college ball for the University of North Carolina and was a member of the 1964 U.S. Olympic team.
All proceeds from the banquet go to support athletic scholarships at Marshall University. Corporate tables for eight cost $2,000 and include a private reception with Coach Brown. Individual tickets are $75. For more information call the Big Green office at (304) 696-4661 or toll free at (866) 443-7310.