Brett Brown Steps Down as Australia Basketball Team Head Coach

Brett Brown in 2018. Photo by Rob Sambles/Frozen in Motion/REX/Shutterstock

Brett Brown exits a head coaching job for the second time in less than two months. But this time, unlike his departure from Philadelphia 76ers, Brown decided to step down on his own.

Brown announced on Tuesday that he is resigning as the head coach of Australia men’s national basketball team, and won’t lead the Boomers at the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021.

The news was also confirmed by Basketball Australia, the country’s highest basketball governing body.

According to Brown, he made the decision due to personal reasons. “Whilst I have a deep and long-standing passion for Australian Basketball, I am currently unable to commit to coaching the Boomers at next year’s Olympic Games,” said Brown in a statement.  “The uncertainties around the direction of my professional future, unfortunately, mean that I cannot commit to the time and preparation that this job deserves and requires.”

Brett Brown has a long history with Australia, having served as an assistant on the team’s coaching staff from 1995 to 2003. Brown returned as a head coach in 2009, serving at the post until 2012 and leading the country to quarter-finals at Summer Olympics in London.

Australia turned to Brown once again last year following Andrej Lemanis’ surprise resignation.

Back in August, Brown also ended his seven-year coaching stint with the 76ers. He was fired following a first-round playoff exit.