SHS announces new varsity girls basketball coach

BY STAFF REPORTS
05/20/2019 04:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH – Sequoyah High School announced Justin Brown as its new varsity girls basketball coach on May 10.

Brown most recently served as the head girls basketball coach at Locust Grove High School, where he led the Lady Pirates to the Class 4A championship in 2015. Brown also won a 2A title while serving as the head girls coach at Pawnee High School in 2009.

He inherits a program coming off a 3A tournament semifinal appearance that returns former state tournament MVP Lexy Keys.

“The Sequoyah girls basketball program has long tradition of success, especially under coach Callison’s leadership,” Brown said. “I am excited and thankful for the opportunity to continue that Sequoyah Lady Indian tradition. I also want to express my sincere gratitude to the Locust Grove players, faculty, fans and community for their support during my time there leading that program.”

Brown replaces Oklahoma Coaches Association and Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame basketball coach Larry Callison, who served as the Lady Indians head coach for the past six seasons. During Callison’s tenure, Sequoyah went to the 3A state tournament each season, winning three state championships. The Lady Indians basketball program has a total of six state championships in program history.

“The Sequoyah Indians athletic department is excited to bring in a coach of Justin Brown’s caliber to lead our girls basketball program,” Sequoyah Athletic Director Marcus Crittenden said. “The Sequoyah Lady Indians basketball program has a storied tradition. Coach Brown embraces that tradition and I’m confident that he will keep the program moving in the right direction. I look forward to working with him.”

During Brown’s 19-year career as a high school girls head basketball coach, he has amassed a career record of 337 wins and 189 losses during his coaching stints at Agra High School, Pawnee High School and Locust Grove High School. In addition to his two state championships, Brown had one state runner-up finish and seven state tournament appearances total. He served as the Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association all state coach in 2009 and the Oklahoma Coaches Association all state coach in 2010. Brown also coached a total of nine all-state players during his career.

“Sequoyah Schools takes great pride in the excellence achieved by our students in the classroom and in extra-curricular activities,” Sequoyah Superintendent Leroy Qualls said. “I believe coach Brown is a good fit for our girls basketball program and will not only help our student-athletes grow and achieve successes on the court, but off the court as well.”

Sequoyah High School is located in Tahlequah with an enrollment of about 360. It is classified as a 3A school by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.

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