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Pitt Alum Gilbert Brown Retires, Takes Coaching Job

Pitt Alum Gilbert Brown Retires, Takes Coaching Job

Former Pitt forward Gilbert Brown has retired after a nine-year professional career, he announced on Wednesday.

Brown, 32, most recently played for Team Hines in The Basketball Tournament and for Hapoel Eilat B.C. in Israel. In his professional career, he also played in the Dominican Republic, Germany, Italy, Venezuela, Turkey, Puerto Rico and spent two seasons in what is now known as the G-League with the Canton Charge and Fort Wayne Mad Ants. He was a G-League all-defensive third team selection in 2014 with Canton and an Israeli League All-Star with Ironi Nahariya in 2016.

A Harrisburg native, Brown spent five seasons at Pitt, redshirting as a true freshman in 2006-07. In 129 career games, he averaged 8.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per game while shooting 46.3%. He played in four straight NCAA Tournaments, including Pitt’s 2009 Elite Eight appearance.

Brown announced his retirement on post to Instagram and also announced that he’ll be joining his high school alma mater, South Kent School, as an assistant coach under Raphael Chillious, who coached Brown during his high school years.

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You wrote this letter to me over 14 years ago @coachchills25 . You told me that one day I would be in the same position as you, a position where I would have the chance to help kids just like you did for me back in 2001. Its amazing all the places I’ve been since that journey started. From WNA and @southkentschool for high school, then off to the University of Pittsburgh before heading off to play professional basketball overseas. Basketball has given me so many experiences and life lessons that I will carry with me forever. I hope and pray that those lessons lead me to be the coach, mentor, role model, and positive figure that you were in my life. As I begin this next chapter as the Assistant Coach at South Kent this year, I know I will face many tough challenges, nonetheless I’m excited to start this new journey and believe that God presented this opportunity for me for a reason. I look forward to coming back to the hillside this year to help lead this program and the young men that come through it to greater things.

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Chillious is returning to South Kent this year after most recently serving as associate head coach at East Carolina. He’ll replace former Pitt assistant Bill Barton, who had been at South Kent since 2016.

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3 months ago

Browns senior season is the most underrated Pitt basketball season of my lifetime. (Chevy troutmans senior season is #2). Brown was awesome and never gets mentioned when people talk about great pitt players of the Dixon era.

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