Former DU men's lacrosse stand out Matt Brown joined the Pioneers' coaching staff in 2007 as the volunteer assistant coach and has since moved from assistant coach to his current position as associate head coach, effective July 2011.
After three seasons under the former coaching staff, Brown was asked to join the legendary head coach Bill Tierney's coaching staff, upon his arrival to DU in June 2010. During his 10 seasons at DU, Brown has helped the Pioneers to a 122-50 overall record, transition from the Great Western Lacrosse League to the Eastern College Athletic Conference to the BIG EAST.
The Pioneers have reached Championship Weekend five times in the last seven seasons, including the 2015 National Champion Pioneers, the first program to sit atop the national plateau from a state not sharing a boarder with the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.
After coaching Wesley Berg in the summer on the FIL World Lacrosse Champion Team Canada side, Brown coached Berg and the Pioneers to a national title in 2015, a tournament that also saw Berg named the MOP. Berg was also a 2015 Tewaaraton finalist, the first in program history.
Brown's 2015 offense was seventh in the country in scoring (13.74), first in man-up percentage (0.603), second in scoring margin (+5.26), seventh in points per game (21.95), seventh in turnovers per game (11.63) and third in shooting percentage (0.357).
A 13-3 regular season and a third-straight BIG EAST Regular Season title highlighted the 2016 campaign. Brown’s offense finished third in the country in goals against average at a 13.56 mark, while Brown’s extra-man crew also finished third at a 52-percent clip. The Pioneers finished second in scoring margin at +4.44, second in assists per game at 8.88 and first in shot-percentage at 37.7%.
In combination with Tierney, Brown's impact on the student-athletes at Denver has already resulted in eight USILA First Team All-America (program's first eight), nine USILA Second Team All-America, three USILA Third Team All-America, 16 USILA All-America Honorable Mention selections, 10 USILA Scholar All-Americans, one ECAC Offensive Player of the Year, three BIG EAST Attackmen of the Year, four BIG EAST Midfielders of the Year, two ECAC Rookie of the Year award winners, 38 all-conference first team selections and 18 all-conference second team selections.
Brown also serves as the one of the founders and directors of Denver Elite Lacrosse and directs the Denver Elite Box Lacrosse Program, which is a founding member of the USBOXLA. USBOXLA began the Colorado Collegiate Box Lacrosse League (CCBLL) in the Summer of 2017.
Brown was a four-year starter for the Pioneers from 2002-04. While at DU, Brown played 56 games and accumulated 137 points, the sixth-best total in Pioneers' history, and 113 goals, fourth on the DU's career goal list. As a senior, he was named First Team All-Great Western Lacrosse League at attack, earned Preseason All-American honorable mention honors and was selected to the USILA North/South All-Star Game.
Brown was a three-time Face-Off Classic All-Tournament team member. Brown was named the GWLL Newcomer of the Year in 2002 after leading the team in points and goals and was named to the All-GWLL Second Team as a junior.
Led by Brown, the Pioneer lacrosse program gained national attention, tying for the GWLL title in 2003 and 2005 and finishing with a then school-high ranking of No. 18 in 2005.
Upon completing his DU career, Brown was drafted fifth overall by the Arizona Sting of the National Lacrosse League, where he played in all 18 games and accumulating 40 points. Brown spent his first two summers playing for the Denver Outlaws of Major League Lacrosse, recording 63 goals and 72 points.
A native of Burnaby, British Columbia, Brown graduated from DU with a B.S./B.A. in finance/marketing in 2005. He resides in Denver with his wife Jewel and daughters Mackenzie, Peyton and Sydney.
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