Lawrence Harvey “Larry” Brown (born September 14, 1940) is an American basketball coach, who is currently the head coach at Southern Methodist University. He is the only coach in basketball history to win both an NCAA national championship (Kansas, 1988) and an NBA title (Pistons, 2004). He has a 1,275-965 lifetime professional coaching record in the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) and is the only coach in NBA history to lead eight different teams to the playoffs. He is also the only person ever to coach two NBA franchises in the same season (Spurs and Clippers during the 1991-92 NBA season). Before coaching, Brown played collegiately at the University of North Carolina and professionally in the ABA. He has been a basketball coach since 1972.
Brown was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach on September 27, 2002. Although widely considered one of the greatest coaches in basketball history, he has developed a reputation for constantly looking for better coaching opportunities and frequently switching teams or programs before the expiration of his contract.
Career highlights and awards
ABA champion (1969)
ABA All-Star MVP (1968)
3× ABA All-Star (1968–1970)
All-ABA Second Team (1968)
NBA champion (2004)
NBA Coach of the Year (2001)
2× NBA All-Star Game head coach (1977, 2001)
NCAA champion (1988)
Naismith College Coach of the Year (1988)
3× ABA Coach of the Year (1973, 1975–1976)