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Tempie Brown joins the Cardinal staff from Michigan State
Tempie Brown Named Assistant Coach
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 07/08/2013

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford's Setsuko Ishiyama Director of Women's Basketball Tara VanDerveer announced the addition of Tempie Brown to the Cardinal staff as assistant coach Tuesday.

"We are very excited about Tempie's addition to the Stanford program. Her level of knowledge, talent and passion for the game will be invaluable to the continued elevation of our team," VanDerveer said. "Tempie's accomplishments and success both on and off the court with the Michigan State program make her a great fit on our staff and we are excited to have her onboard."

Brown spent the past four seasons at Michigan State, rising to the position of Associate Head Coach as she helped guide the Spartans to NCAA Tournament appearances in each of her seasons in East Lansing. Over this span the Spartans went 95-37 overall, including a 46-20 mark in conference play as the team never finished lower than third in the Big Ten standings.

"I am very excited and humbled by this opportunity to join the Stanford staff and be part of the rich tradition of women's basketball here on The Farm," Brown said. "I am very much looking forward to getting started and working with Tara VanDerveer, her staff and this talented group of student-athletes in preparation for what should be a bright and challenging 2013-14 season."

Her duties on the Spartan staff included serving as the staff's academic liaison, strength and conditioning coordinator, and perimeter position coach, while also playing a key role in the scouting of upcoming opponents.

Under Brown's tutelage a total of five Spartan guards garnered All-Big Ten recognition over the past four seasons, with Jasmine Thomas, Kiana Johnson and Klarissa Bell each being honored in 2013 while Porsche Poole (2012) and Brittney Thomas (2010-11) were also singled out by the conference for their stellar play.

Brown's work with the quintet of guards led to significant improvements in production. Bell, who averaged just 2.5 points and 2.1 rebounds as a freshman in 2010-11, increased her output to team bests of 10.5 points and 6.1 rebounds as a junior last season. Both Thomas and Poole more than doubled their scoring averages in each of their senior seasons, en route to team MVP and all-conference recognition. Meanwhile, Johnson has led MSU in assists over each of her first two campaigns in East Lansing, already ranking second in the Spartan career annals in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.78), sixth in assist average (4.1) and eighth in steals average (1.8).

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). The Spartans owned a program-best cumulative team GPA of 3.1731 after the fall 2012 semester and over Brown's four seasons had 21 student-athletes earn Academic All-Big Ten honors, with three being named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars.

Last summer, Brown attended the Nike Villa 7, which brings 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 the summer of 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.

Including her stint at Michigan State, Brown has spent the past 14 years in the collegiate coaching ranks. Prior to arriving in East Lansing she served as an assistant coach at Memphis (2008-09), Northwestern (2004-08), Lehigh (2002-04), Eastern Michigan (2000-02) and Saginaw Valley State (1999-2000).

Brown graduated from the University of Michigan in 1990 with a degree in kinesiology, and later finished her master's degree in exercise physiology in 1992. A four-year letterwinner and two-year captain from 1986-90 with the Wolverines, Brown still 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 All-Big Ten honorable mention in addition to being named the team's most improved player.


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