Albany extends contract of Will Brown by five years

Will Brown led Albany to the NCAA tournament last season. (USATSI)
Will Brown led Albany to the NCAA tournament last season. (USATSI)

There's been a flurry of contract extensions for coaches as we culminate the offseason. Most recently, Albany announced Thursday that it had extended Will Brown's deal through 2017-18.

Brown has held his post longer than any coach in the America East. Albany won the conference last season and went to the NCAA tourney, where it lost to Duke by 12 in the Round of 64. Brown has three NCAA tournaments on his resume, the most famous being the 2006 appearance that saw the Great Danes lead No. 1 overall seed UConn in the second half of their first round game. Few 1 vs. 16 games have ever been as compelling as that one.

 ‘I am pleased to announce that Coach Brown has signed a five-year contract extension,” Director of Athletics Dr. Lee McElroy said in a statement. “Coach Brown and his staff demonstrated that his leadership, with an emphasis on service, athletics and academic excellence reflect the core values of the University. President Jones and I are delighted that Coach Brown will continue to build character, integrity and accountability with our student-athletes for years to come.”

Brown has been with the program for 13 years, compiling a 172-191 record. Last year's team won 24 games, a single-season record for the program in the D-I ranks. Albany's season opens against in-state rival Siena on Nov. 8. 


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