Head Basketball Coach
Ron Brown enters his 5th season as Head Coach of the Women’s basketball program at Butte College. In the four previous seasons Brown has captured two conference titles 2008 & 2011. Since taking over the program in 2007, Brown has taken his team to four consecutive post seasons. Under Brown’s direction eleven players have been honored with all conference, a Newcomer of the year and MVP.
Growing up in Lynwood Ron, the youngest of three children from parents Ronald Sr. and Frances Taylor, with siblings Tashonda Brown-Lewis married to Dwayne Lewis and two children living in Dallas. Tahia Brown- Hayslet married to Darrell Hayslet and two children still make their home near Lynwood, living in Long Beach.
After high school Ron attended Mira Costa College located in Oceanside, where he played basketball for two seasons for hall of fame coach Clete Adelmen. While in Oceanside Brown was introduced to Tami Esquibel who he married in 2000. Coach Adelmen has since retired from coaching but is credited with teaching Brown valuable life lessons. Brown was later recruited by Puck Smith and the Chico State Wildcats, and as a senior in 1996 Brown was named team captain. With a career high 35points, and a single game with 19 rebounds Brown ranks amongst Chico State's best.
After his playing days at Chico State, Brown started his coaching career at his alma mater and spent two seasons as an assistant coach under Puck Smith. In 1998, then first year Butte College Coach Russ Critchfield hired Brown to be the top assistant. Working for two outstanding coaches in Russ Critchfield and Puck Smith, Brown honed his skills and is ready to lead his own program
Educated at Chico State in 1999 Brown earned his master’s degree in Physical Education, while earlier 1996 earned a bachelor’s in Ethnic Studies. Brown just 38, enters his 15th season coaching in Butte County. Ron and Tami have lived in Chico since 1993.
Assistant Basketball Coach
Brian is the youngest of three boys and was born and raised in San Jose, CA. Introduced to the game of basketball at the age of 8, Brian grew to become Santa Clara County’s sophomore and Junior Basketball Player of the Year during his high school career. He was also listed as a Top 5 All-County Senior, and was named All-State during his sophomore, junior, and senior years. Following high school, Brian played basketball for West Valley Junior College in Saratoga, CA, helping to take their record to 55-5 after two seasons. Brian was then recruited to play basketball for CSU, Chico, where he graduated with a BA in Physical Education, emphasis in coaching, all while competing for two conference titles with the Chico State Men’s Basketball Program. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Coaching Education with Ohio University.
Brian began his coaching career in 1992. Starting with camps and clinics, he soon became the freshman coach for Chico High School, and then elevated to a Graduate Assistant Coach at the community college level with Glendale Community College in Arizona, and at the Division II level with CSU, Chico under the legendary Coach Puck Smith. For the last four seasons, Brian has held the Head Junior Varsity Boys Basketball Coach position at River Valley High School in Yuba City, where he has helped to build a competitive program for the area’s new high school. Brian and his wife, Joy, were married in 1998 and currently reside in Yuba City where they are raising their five children: Ashley, Anyssa, Brian Jr., Branden, and Brevin.