Director for student development hired

By: Jordan Cope, Assistant Sports Editor

Towson Men’s Basketball Head Coach Pat Skerry announced Thursday in an email that Oliver Brown will be hired as the new Director of Student-Athlete Development.

“We are very excited to hire a talented young coach like Oliver,” Skerry said. “We are thrilled to have him join us. He comes from a good program at Mount St. Mary’s where Jamion Christian does a super job.”

For the past two years, Brown has spent time as a graduate manager at Mount St. Mary’s.

“I was really thrown in the fire in my two years as a Graduate Assistant, which really forced me to grow. A lot of the responsibilities that I will have here, I already have experience doing,” Brown said.

Some of Brown’s job responsibilities included handling video and social media for the coaching staff, working on daily improvements with the players and overseeing the nutritional game plans for the student-athletes.    

“Oliver will bring work ethic, talent and loyalty along with fresh ideas to our staff and student athletes,” Skerry said. “He will impact our guys in helping teach them how to be a successful student athlete at this level based on his successes and experiences as well as aid us in our film scouting academics and community involvement.”

Brown said that he is most looking forward to the basketball season, and seeing SECU Arena full of Towson community members and fans.

“I’m excited to be in college athletics and especially to be at Towson University,” Brown said. “Everyone in the athletic department will see that from me on a daily basis.”

A native of Dover, Massachusetts, Brown earned Team MVP honors at Hebron Academy where he averaged 21 points and 6.7 rebounds. In his senior year at Dover Sherborn High School, he earned league All-Star honors.

In his collegiate career, Brown played three years at Mount St. Mary’s. In 2009-10, Brown appeared in 11 games averaging 0.2 points and 0.2 rebounds. In 2010-11, Brown appeared in four games off the bench and secured a rebound against Virginia Tech. Brown had his best season at the Mount in 2011-12, appearing in 10 games and averaging 0.6 points and 0.1 rebounds.

Brown also netted a basket against 22nd ranked Marquette, had two points and a steal in three minutes of action against Pennsylvania State University and had two points and a steal at Fairleigh Dickson University. In 2013, Brown graduated from Mount St. Mary’s with a degree in business management and earned his MBA in 2015.       

“As a senior on Jamion Christian’s first team as a Head Coach, I was really able to bridge the gap between the staff and players,” Brown said. “As a former player, my ability to relate to the guys is something that I think will really help me here at Towson.”

– Carley Milligan, Editor-in-Chief, contributed to this article. 

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