(Centralia, WA) Centralia Athletic Director Scott Chamberlain announced today that long time Tigers boys basketball Ron Brown will take a leave of absence for the rest of the season. Here is the official News Release:
CENTRALIA, WA – Coach Ron Brown, Head Boys Basketball coach at Centralia High School for the past 56 years, determined on Sunday that his current health is not allowing him to coach the team at a level that meets his expectations and is taking a leave of absence from the remainder of the season. Current Assistant Coach Kyle Donahue will take over the duties of Head Coach for the remainder of the season. Coach Brown will re-evaluate at the conclusion of the season to determine if he will return as the Head Boys Basketball Coach for the 2017-18 season.
In 1959, Coach Brown became a Centralia HS Tiger and spent his first two years as an assistant coach. In 1961, Coach Brown took over the helm of the program, making this his 56th season as head coach. During that time, Ron has coached the Tigers to two state championships (1979 & 1981), placed 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th (twice) and 8th (twice). His teams have qualified for the state tournament an additional seven times.
Coach Brown has been honored twice as Washington State Coach of the Year. In 1999, he received the National Federation of Interscholastic Coaches Association Section Eight Distinguished Service Award for Boys Basketball, representing six states. In 2006, Coach Brown was inducted into the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Coach Brown has accumulated 722 wins as a head coach, making him 3rd All-Time in the State of Washington for career coaching wins.
The Tigers are currently 0-1 in Evco 2A league play and 6-5 overall. They will play at Black Hills on Tuesday night.