Phil Brown enters his fourth season at Oregon after reaching near legendary coaching status in his native Australia. Brown was introduced as a member of Bev Smith’s staff in June 2005.
Brown currently works on Oregon's offensive sets, as well as developing the team's post players. In addition, Brown also is in charge of the Ducks' schedule.
Referred to as the “Shot Doctor” by Smith, Brown’s individual work with players the last three seasons has been clearly evident.
Last season, Brown spent the majority of his time getting the Ducks young post players; Nicole Canepa, Ellie Manou, Ellyce Ironmonger and Victoria Kenyon, ready to compete.
The work paid off throughout the year as all four had stints in the starting lineup. In addition, Canepa and Manou emerged late in the year as capable and consistent scorers and rebounders.
He also has helped the Ducks’ guards continue to work on their development. Taylor Lilley was named to the Pac-10 Third Team after averaging 12.7 points per game and leading the conference with 2.39 three-pointers per game. Micaela Cocks’ .367 shooting percentage from long distance also ranked sixth in the Pac-10.
As a team, the Ducks finished second in the conference shooting .723 from the free-throw line, as six players shot over 70.0 percent from the stripe.
Prior to arriving in Eugene, Brown spent 20 years at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and coached 11 of the 12 members of the 2004 & 2008 silver medalist Australian Olympic team, including Lauren Jackson, the 2003 and 2007 WNBA MVP, who also led the Seattle Storm to the 2004 WNBA crown. Jackson is one of 15 current or former Brown-coached players who have played in the WNBA. Other players include Penny Taylor and Belinda Snell of the Phoenix Mercury.
He also coached former UO players Sally Crowe, Eleanor Haring, Renae Fegent, Gabrielle Richards and Natasha Ruckwardt (formerly Natasha O’Brien).
“Phil is an incredible addition to our staff and to our University,” said Smith upon his hire. “He is an amazing teacher at this elite level of women’s basketball. He has an incredible rapport with the players and he will be a solid assistant coach for us. Every year his AIS teams played against good college teams and they competed extremely well, so he is very knowledgeable about the college game.”
Brown began his stint as the AIS women’s head coach in 1991, and also was the head coach of the Australian junior national team from 2002-05. Brown led that squad to a seventh-place finish at the World Championships in Tunisia in July 2005.
He was also named Australia’s WNBL coach of the year in 1998 and 1999, and led AIS to its only WNBL championship in the 1998-99 season. He joined the AIS in 1986 as an assistant coach after stints as a player and a coach with the Canberra Cannons. He was also a men’s and women’s junior coach before moving to AIS.
Brown graduated from the University of Canberra in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in applied science in sports coaching.
He was born July 24, 1958, in Canberra, Australia.