UMKC hires former West Virginia assistant Brown

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The University of Missouri-Kansas City hired former West Virginia assistant Matt Brown as its basketball coach Thursday.

Brown spent the past 10 years as an assistant to John Beilein, the last five with the Mountaineers. Brown also spent three years as an administrative assistant to Florida coach Billy Donovan but has never been a head coach.

"I am excited that Matt has decided to join our university and athletics department family," athletic director Tim Hall said in a release. "He is a fine person, a teacher of the highest order, and a terrific basketball coach."

Brown replaces Rich Zvosec, who compiled an 84-91 record in six years but was fired after going 12-20 last season.

"I am confident Matt will work with great enthusiasm to graduate our men's basketball student-athletes, while building a program that will win championships and become one of the finest programs at the mid-major level," Hall said.