Dave Brown, an assistant at Mt. Hood CC last year, heads up the Sandy girls program

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Dave Brown talks with his team during a timeout in a summer-league game last week against La Salle Prep.

Sandy High has landed on a familiar face by choosing Dave Brown to lead its girls basketball program.

Brown is a long-time Sandy resident, who has spent the last two decades coaching basketball 'from kindergarten through college,' he says. He has spent recent seasons coaching in the sub-varsity levels with the Sandy boys program. This past season he was on the bench as an assistant for the Mt. Hood Community College women's team, which turned in its best season in 25 years. The Saints put together a 20-win season and earned a spot in the Northwest championship tournament.

Brown was recently honored by Mt. Hood as its Assistant Coach of the Year for 2018-19.

"It was fun to be involved in that season," Brown said. "I was committed to that team, and I suppose they saw that."

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Dave Brown spent last season as an assistant coach at Mt. Hood Community College where the Saints turned in a 20-win season.

Brown was hired in late May putting him in position to run the Pioneers through summer league, which includes four practices a week along with a handful of games throughout the month.

"It seemed like every couple years Sandy has been looking for a new coach for the girls, and I'm always coaching somewhere, so if I could help at Sandy that would be a good thing — a chance to get the girls program on track," Brown said. "I'm not a complete stranger, but summer season gives me a chance to get to know the girls better and to get them a big dose of fundamentals."

Brown is looking to build from the basics and considers himself a defensive coach intent on slowing down opposing teams.

"Basketball is an easy game if you have the skills, so I'm big on fundamentals," Brown said. "I like to control the game defensively. It comes down to, I don't know if we can outscore this team, but I know we can come up with stops."

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Dave Brown and former Sandy player and coach Renae (Aschoff) Gregg are leading the Pioneers through the summer league season.

Brown is being helped this summer by Sandy High graduate and former coach Renae (Aschoff) Gregg, who ranks in the top-10 all-time at Portland State where she helped the Vikings to a third-place finish at the Division II national tournament in 1992.

Sandy finishes off the summer league schedule with a tournament in Gladstone on Friday and Saturday.

Brown owns the Precision Rail Oregon construction company, which specializes in installing hand-rail systems largely in commercial buildings.

This story is slated for our Tuesday, June 18, print edition.

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