East Tennessee State hires Brenda Mock Brown as women's basketball coach

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- East Tennessee State hired Brenda Mock Brown as the Buccaneers' women's basketball coach Monday, one week after announcing Simon Harris was being fired over Title IX issues in his lone season.

Interim athletic director Richard Sander announced Brown's new position at a news conference Monday.

Brown is the 10th coach in the program's history. She was head coach of women's basketball at UNC Asheville from 2012 to 2020, leading the Bulldogs to four straight postseason berths from 2015 to 2019 and consecutive Big South tournament titles.

She also was named the Big South Coach of the Year in the 2015-16 season after overseeing the biggest turnaround in Division I, going from 9-22 to 26-7.

Sander was named interim athletic director Aug. 1 after AD Scott Carter resigned. ETSU also announced that Harris was suspended with pay until Aug. 15, when his firing becomes official. An investigation started after two former players alleged discrimination and unfair treatment this spring.

Brown has spent the past two years working at Global Sports & Events and worked as a consultant at Inkwell Sports Solutions.

She also was an assistant coach at Florida, Charlotte, Jacksonville and Georgia Tech. Brown played at Wake Forest and was a two-time captain.