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Boone names Chris Brown boys head basketball coach

March 20th, 2014 4:15 pm by Pat Kenney

Boone names Chris Brown boys head basketball coach

GRAY — Daniel Boone athletic director Danny Good announced on Thursday that Chris Brown has accepted the position of boys head basketball coach for the Trailblazers.

Brown, who formerly coached at Volunteer, replaces Ryan Arnold, who resigned several weeks ago.

"I'm excited about the opportunity," said Brown. "Of course, it was tough meeting with my kids to tell them, that's never a fun situation. But I felt this was a good move for me."

Good said that Boone received 36 applications for the position and formally interviewed five applicants with Brown coming out on top.

"Chris is a very interesting guy," said Good. "He's passionate about the game of basketball and about coaching the kids.

"He's a very diverse guy and we think he has a lot to offer us here at Daniel Boone," added Good.

Brown will take his same philosophy on coaching and apply it with the Trailblazers.

"Boone has a great infrastructure for basketball," said Brown. "There's a good foundation there for basketball.

"We'll want to push the pace and get after people defensively," added Brown. "I'll begin meeting with the Boone players as soon as possible and start my evaluation process. We'll tweak a few things but they are already doing things similar to what I like, so the transition should be easy."

Volunteer AD Jim Whalen quickly made his decision on a replacement for Brown.

Falcons junior varsity coach Greg Barnett has been named interim varsity boys basketball coach.

"Greg has been very loyal to us," said Whalen. "With him, we know what we are getting. I'm hoping to remove that interim tag in the near future and have him named head coach."

Barnett played his high school ball at Sullivan East and in college at Tusculum.

"Chris (Brown) leaves Volunteer on good terms," added Whalen. "Naming Greg to the position here at Volunteer should make our transition very easy."

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