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Tempie Brown
Tempie  Brown

Assistant Coach


Tempie Brown Promoted to Associate Head Coach

Brown recently finished her fourth season on the Spartan staff.


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Tempie Brown is in the midst of her fourth season on the MSU women's basketball staff. Brown was hired to head coach Suzy Merchant's staff as an assistant coach in June 2009. With Michigan State, Brown is the staff's academic liaison, strength and conditioning coordinator, and perimeter position coach, while also playing a key role in scouting its upcoming opponents.

Three Spartan guards have earned All-Big Ten honors during Brown's tenure, as Brittney Thomas was an honorable mention selection in 2009-10 and 2010-11, and Porsche Poole was a second team honoree and Kiana Johnson earned All-Freshman team accolades last season.

Last season, Brown was integral in the development of wing players Taylor Alton and Klarissa Bell. All both posted career-best statistical seasons in points, rebounds, assists and steals. Alton was third in points and was the top threat from behind the arc, ranking fifth in the conference. Bell came on late in the season, to provide a spark in the final 11 games where she averaged 8.4 points (compared to 1.8 in her first 20 games).

Off the court, Brown oversaw the team's academic success over the past couple years as the staff's liaison to Student-Athlete Support Services (SASS). After this past summer, the team's cumulative GPA is 3.097, the highest it has been in program history. In her three seasons, 14 Spartans have earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, while three have been Big Ten Distinguished Scholars.

This summer, she attended the Nike Villa 7. The Villa 7 is a partnership between Virginia Commonwealth University's Center for Sport Leadership, VCU Athletics and Nike to bring together university athletic directors and the country's elite assistant basketball coaches in an effort to prepare the next generation of college basketball leaders.

In 2009, she completed the NCAA Black Coaches & Administrators Achieving Coaching Excellence (ACE) Program, which provides professional development opportunities for current NCAA collegiate men's and women's basketball coaches. The ACE Program is committed to preparing racial and ethnic minority collegiate basketball coaches for success as future head basketball coaches.

Brown spent the 2008-09 season as an assistant coach at the University of Memphis, following coaching stops at Northwestern, Lehigh, Eastern Michigan and Saginaw Valley State.

Prior to Memphis, Brown spent four seasons (2004-08) as an assistant coach at Northwestern. With the Wildcats, she oversaw the team's player development, scouting, recruiting and compliance, while also acting as the director for Northwestern's summer basketball camp. Her recruiting expertise helped secure NU the No. 18 recruiting class in the country in 2007. Brown was at Lehigh from 2002-04. In her two seasons, she directed the Mountain Hawks' guards, while also assisting in recruiting, strength & conditioning and compliance.

Brown's first stop as a Division I collegiate coach came at Eastern Michigan under Coach Merchant and along side former MSU associate head coach Shane Clipfell. They spent two years together (2001-02), winning a then-school record 18 wins in Brown's first season with the Eagles. On staff, she handled academics, strength & conditioning, compliance and film exchange. Brown broke into the coaching world at the high school and AAU ranks, and made her collegiate debut in 2000 at Saginaw Valley State.

A four-year letterwinner and two-year captain at the University of Michigan (1986-90), Brown ranks among the program's top-15 scorers with 1,142 points, in addition to sitting in the top-20 in career assists and steals. As a sophomore, she was recognized as an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection, in addition to being named the team's most improved player.

Brown graduated from Michigan in 1990 with a degree in kinesiology, and later finished her master's degree in exercise physiology in 1992. She has also pursued course work in the doctorate program at Michigan State.

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