A standout on the hardwood for the UNC-Pembroke Braves from 2005-09, Cortez Brown rejoined UNC-Pembroke as an assistant coach for the Braves prior to the 2014-15 season and finished his two year campaign 2015-16.
A Charlotte native and Butler High School graduate, Brown played in 106 career games (81 starts) for the Black & Gold and averaged 9.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. He put up 11.1 points per game as a senior under Miller and shot better than 35 percent (106-for-301) from the perimeter over his four-year career, including a deadly 40 percent (33-for-82) accuracy from downtown as a junior. He scored a career-best 29 points in his final collegiate game – a 102-92 win at Columbus State on Feb. 28, 2009.
Brown made his transition into the coaching world as a head coach in the Charlotte Nets AAU organization where he compiled a 40-10 record as the head coach of the 16-and-under squad. He compiled a 30-12 record in two seasons (2012-14) as head coach of the junior varsity squad at Butler High School. Under his direction, the Bulldogs captured a pair of tournament championships, while also churning out a 19-3 clip in 2013-14 en route to a conference title.
His run of success would inevitably continue as head coach of both the 16-and-under and 13-and-under Charlotte Rivals Elite teams, both of which finished among the nation’s top 20 AAU teams.
Brown earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from UNC Pembroke in 2009. He is currently pursuing his master’s.