Larry Brown, the only coach to have won both for the NBA and NCAA title, may soon be attempting to win a Long Island high school title, also.
Brown, the traveling coach who played at UNC in the mid-1960’s, and Long Beach (N.Y.) High School in the late 1950s, has shown interest in the boy’s varsity coaching position at East Hampton High School.
Brown said “I’m trying to figure things out, to be honest with you. I enjoy helping kids, but I don’t want to do anything unless I’m 100 percent in. I don’t think it would be fair to the kids.”
Brown is 76 years old. He says for fourteen years he has had an offseason home in East Hampton. He wants to coach high school players because of the chance that he will spend the entire year here for the first time.
“I was always hopeful that someday I would have the opportunity to do this,” Brown said.
Brown plans to attend the open gyms on Tuesday nights to meet with the players. He also wants to discuss specifics with Vasile-Cozzo.
Brown resigned from coaching in July at Southern Methodist. However, he said the time away has been difficult for him.
“I’m really trying to find myself right now, to be honest,” he said. “My hope is I get to do something, it’s in basketball and I feel like I’m making a contribution.”
Brown built a winning program at SMU but had issues with the NCAA. Last year they put SMU on probation, lost scholarships and was ineligible for the 2016 post-season play because of “academic fraud, unethical conduct, and head coach control.”
Brown has an exceptional reputation and is famous coaching the Philadelphia 76ers, Allen Iverson. His coaching career began with North Carolina in 1965 as an assistant, and has had head coaching jobs with two ABA teams, three Division I college teams and nine NBA teams.
Now he’s trying to make his next move.
“I feel like I have so much knowledge that I want to share with other people, and I don’t know how to go about it right now. I’m trying to find that.”
Vasile-Cozzo and Brown spoke in regards to the opening, coming up when their recently hired coach, Jesse Shapiro, abruptly resigned last week.
Brown said when he was growing up he imagine himself coaching three sports in high school and teaching American history. He knows this opportunity is as close as he’ll get to that.
“I don’t care what level it is on,” he said.