From assistant to head coach

Brandon Brown is Horizon's new boys basketball coach

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Brandon Brown is moving up the coaches' seats.

Brown, who was an assistant varsity coach at Eaglecrest High School in Aurora, is the new boys basketball coach at Horizon High School. Brown replaces Chad Wilson, who was the Hawks' boss for nine seasons.

Brown coached the JV program at Berthoud High School for three seasons. He also played on the state championship team for the Raptors under coach John Olander.

"I was drawn to Horizon High School because of the good reputation of the community, the staff, and the administration," Brown said.

For the last six years, he's run his own club program, Colorado Anarchy.

"I knew I wanted to be a coach at the age of 19," Brown said. "I saw my dad coach his entire childhood and the way he positively impacted lives. I wanted to do the same. I have a deep passion for the game of basketball and creating relationships with my players. I take my development as a coach very seriously. Since the age of 19, I have been working extremely hard be the head coach of a program. "

Brown wants his teams to be fast-paced and aggressive on both ends of the floor.

"Offensively it will depend on our personnel, but ideally, I'd like to run some ball-screen continuity stuff with a mixture of dribble-drive principles," he said. "I want to put my guys in position to play to their strengths in a system that will get them to their spots.

"Defensively I run a balanced scheme between man and zone," he added. "I am a pack line man to man guy. Zone wise, we will be aggressive and trapping everywhere. "

There won't be much of a change for the Hawks to get into team camps this summer because of Brown's late hiring date.

"But we will start open gyms very soon with the possibility of some scrimmages against local teams," Brown said. "I am grateful for the opportunity to be the head coach at Horizon, and I cannot wait to start building the culture within my program."

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