The Tampa Bay Rebels have announced that former player Jonathan Brown will be the first head coach for the Blue Sharks, the Rebels developmental team. Brown will guide the Blue Sharks through leagues, games, and practices that will provide players with opportunities to earn a call up to the Rebels for international and domestic games.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to coach the Blue Sharks,” Brown said in statement after his hiring. “My many years of playing organized basketball, including a successful career at the University of Tampa as well as my three years of experience with the Tampa Bay Rebels, will assist in my transition from a player to a coach. I look forward to assisting with the establishment and building of the organization. My goal is to build on the fundamentals that each player brings to the game, while also developing the player’s life skills. My passion and enthusiasm for the game of basketball will be of value to the organization, players, and our mission to develop winning talent.”
A proven winner, Brown played for the Rebels from 2012 until 2014 during in which the team compiled a record of 34-7. He helped the team win the FBA championship in 2012 and make championship game appearances in both 2013 and 2014.
Brown was also a collegiate standout at the University of Tampa. During his four years with the Spartans, he helped the program to 3 straight NCAA Division II National Tournament appearances, including an appearance in the national semifinals in 2001. Brown was twice named to the First Team All-Sunshine State Conference, and was named the SSC Player of the year for the 2001-2002 season. That same season, he was recognized as a 2nd Team All-American choice and the Division II Bulletin National Player of the Year. Brown still ranks in the top 10 of several career categories for the Spartans including three-point field goals made, three-point field goals attempted, assists, minutes played, minutes per game, and games started.