The WBCA celebrates DeAudra Brown, 2016-17 Thirty Under 30 presented by Marriott Rewards honoree, as she begins her first year as head coach at New Mexico State University.
Brown joined the Aggies after two season as assistant coach at Seward County Community College where she helped lead the Lady Saints to two National Junior College Athletic Association Region VI Tournament appearances and one NJCAA National Tournament berth.
Get to know Brown as she works to grow our sport.
Take us through the moment you realized you wanted to be a coach.
I realized I couldn’t see myself working away from basketball during my last semester of college. I gained experience as a student coach and, from there, decided to pursue a career in coaching.
What do you hope student-athletes learn from you — on and off the court?
How to handle life and what it throws at you — positive and negative. Through basketball, they will learn how to handle so many things that will prepare them for life.
Any tips on building relationships between a coaching staff at varied ages?
Communicate with your staff, respect everyone’s opinion and be open to their ideas.
Who has been your most primary professional mentor? How did he/she help you on your journey?
My best friend and head coach at Northwest Kansas Technical College, Brittany Christian. She sets the standard, gives great advice and is the type of person who makes you want to be better. She holds me accountable to all the goals I’ve set for myself.
What does it mean to you to be recognized as a WBCA Thirty Under 30 presented by Marriott Rewards honoree?
It is an honor. It means I am on the right track as a coach, and it drives me to continue being the best coach that I can be.
The WBCA recognizes annually the WBCA's Thirty Under 30 honorees. This recognition was created to honor 30 of the up-and-coming women's basketball coaches age 30 and under in the sport at all levels of the game. For more information on the award, click here.