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Former Lipscomb University head coach Greg Brown will be returning to Wilson County after having been hired as the new girls' basketball coach at Lebanon's Friendship Christian School.
Presently a varsity assistant & director of player development with the Lipscomb Academy boys' basketball program, he takes over for Jeremy Hawks who resigned following the 2019-2020 season.
"Greg is the guy we targeted from the very beginning," said John McNeal, athletic director at Friendship. "I've known him for a long time and have a world of respect for him both as a coach and as a family man.
"His wife (Teresa Naylor Brown)) is a Friendship graduate. He knows what we're all about."
A native of Shepherdsville, KY, Brown was the head coach of the Lady Commanders from 1998-2002 -- winning three straight District 8A titles.
His 2002 FCS squad finished 31-3 overall and reached the quarterfinals of the TSSAA state tournament.
"In a certain way, I've come full circle," Brown said Sunday afternoon.
"It's hard to believe that it's been 18 years since I've been there. It's doesn't seem that long at all until I start looking at my former players and the fact that they've got families now.
"There have been some opportunities over the past year and even the last few weeks to look around, but when you look at what's best for the family, this seemed right."
For the immediate future Brown will only coach at Friendship, not teach.
Brown said he's not the same coach he was nearly two decades ago when he led the Lady Commanders to the state tournament.
"We've got kids now," Brown said, "that's made a big difference."
Brown and his wife are the parents of sons, Cole (16) and Carter (9).
"I think I'm much more empathetic now and can see a bigger picture," Brown said.
He knows a turnaround at FCS will take some time.
"I want to start with the elementary kids, that's where you build a program.
"You want those kids growing up watching the high school players. It goes on the fifth and sixth grade program, the seventh and eight and go on from there, building that consistency.
"I kind of like the fact that I don't know anything about anything (at FCS).
"The kids don't know me and I don't know them. The key will be establishing trust. We can only push 'em as much as they trust us.
"If I can get the kids who are there to compete as hard as they possibly can, that should put us where we want to be."
During his seven seasons as the head coach at Lipscomb University, his teams went 44-164 overall and 22-87 in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Brown is a 1993 Lipscomb graduate and began his coaching career as a student assistant under legendary Lipscomb men’s basketball coach Don Meyer.
He eventually worked as a graduate assistant and later as an assistant coach under Pat Summit at Tennessee in the early 2000s.
In 2012, Lipscomb hired him away from Central Florida, where he was the associate head coach.
Prior to his time at UCF, Brown worked as the head girls' coach at Goodpasture Christian School.
In 2015, Brown released the book "Best Things I've Seen in Coaching" chronicling the time he spent with Coach Summitt and Coach Meyer and the coaching thoughts, quotes, and ideas he gained from the two legendary figures along the way.