Phil Brown will rejoin the highly successful Australian Institute of Sport Women's Basketball program as its head coach following a highly competitive recruitment process.
Brown is recognised as one of the world’s best coaches in women's basketball, having coached 22 Australian Olympians including former AIS athletes and WNBA All-Stars Lauren Jackson and Penny Taylor.
AIS Director Professor Peter Fricker announced the appointment on Wednesday and welcomed Brown’s return to the AIS after his time serving as assistant coach at the University of Oregon Women's Basketball team for the past four years.
"As a two-time Australian Women’s National Basketball League coach of the year and now with four years of coaching experience in the United States, Phil will bring a wealth of experience and innovation to the AIS," Professor Fricker said.
In accepting the position, Brown spoke of his desire to return to the AIS and help build the next generation of Australian women’s basketball.
"I moved overseas to challenge my coaching ideas and broaden my knowledge after 15 years at the helm of the AIS Women’s Basketball program and I think that I have achieved my goal," Brown said
"I'm looking forward to bringing home the lessons I've learned from the US to build on the already strong achievements of the AIS Women's Basketball program."
Professor Peter Fricker also paid tribute to outgoing AIS Women's Basketball head coach Dean Kinsman.
"I’d like to thank Dean for his hard work and sacrifice in leading the AIS Women’s Basketball program for the past four years," Professor Fricker said.
"The AIS will continue to support Dean in his role as head coach of the Australian Junior Women’s Basketball team as they prepare for the FIBA U19 Women’s World Championships in Thailand in July."
Brown, who led the AIS Women's Basketball team to victory in the 1999 WNBL competition, will take up his duties later in the year.