BY ANTHONY MENDOLIA
Photo courtesy of COD Athletics.
With the new season set to tip-off against Barstow on Nov. 2, the COD women’s basketball team will have a new head coach leading the way. Dr. Timi Brown will begin her first year coaching for the Roadrunners, bringing with her over twenty-eight years of collegiate coaching experience.
Before amassing a wealth of accolades as a coach, Dr. Brown was a standout collegiate player herself. She graduated from her alma mater the University of Arizona in 1991 as the all-time leading scorer in her program’s history.
She has had continued success as a coach, having won conference championships and coaching all-conference players at several of her stops. Several of her past players successfully transferred to 4-year institutions, achieved over 3.0 GPAs, and have gone to play professionally overseas.
With her accolades and experience, Dr. Brown hopes to create another winning environment here at COD. “We have to really change the mentality of the program that we have in place, and know that our expectations are high here. Not everybody can play at the college level, and we want to recruit the top talent in this area. We want people to be able to come to COD and know its a place to play, but we’re not going to recruit just anybody. We need talent,” said Brown.
Talent is certainly something that is needed for this program, after struggling mightily each of the past two seasons. Beyond just the play on the court, coach Brown wants a change in the entire culture of the program she inherited.
“The number one goal for me is changing the culture,” Brown said. “Wins will come, but we’re still at the stage of expectations being that you’re on time, you’re a good teammate, you work hard, you’re going to class. I don’t really talk about wins. I talk about the everyday process of what it takes to win, and hopefully, along the way, we’ll learn some lessons and we achieve winning.”
Dr. Brown hopes to continue instilling this mindset into her team ahead of the first game against Barstow, and for the rest of the 2018-2019 season.