6A boys hoops — Assistant Mark Brown taking over the boys basketball program

Newberg didn’t end up going very far to find its next head boys basketball coach.

In fact, the school won’t have to even change the last name on the program stationary after picking assistant Mark Brown to succeed former head man Dave Brown, who was not retained after two seasons. Brown

“He was incredibly impressive,” athletic director Tim Burke said. “Talk about a detailed approach to a plan. He’s got a mission statement, a vision. He’s got every piece lined out and written out and planned out. He’s got a five-year plan and a 10-year plan.”

Brown and fellow assistant Josh Kroc, who coached the freshmen team last season, got a bit of a head start on the job after volunteering to coordinate the summer-league season on an interim basis well before actual hiring process began.

“They had zero guarantee of a job, Mark or Josh,” Burke said. “They could have just walked away and said, ‘We’ll just wait until they hire somebody and figure it out.’ I think people heard that Mark is invested in these kids and doesn’t want to see them go without a summer experience.”

It was a bittersweet move for the new head coach considering how grateful he felt to have been given a spot on the former head man’s staff.

“I’m very excited and humbled by the opportunity at the same time,” said Mark Brown, who is no relation to the former coach. “I really enjoyed working with Dave and he did a lot for me. He was a great mentor for me.”

In addition to inheriting a roster that now has a good level of experience to go along with its talent, Mark Brown feels that the continuity he brings to the program will make for a smooth transition.

That already appears to be the case, as the Tigers’ varsity squad is off to a 7-0 start, having won the McMinnville tournament over the weekend, and the junior varsity is 6-1 so far in summer league.

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