BILOXI-- For the first time since 2003, Biloxi High will have a new girls' basketball coach.
Joseph Brown recently announced his retirement from coaching after 11 years with the Lady Indians. Brown will be succeeded by Martha Bradley, his long-time assistant coach.
Brown compiled a solid record of 212-105 in 11 years as the Lady Indians' coach, including three 20-plus win seasons, two division championships and nine South State playoff appearances.
Overall, Brown spent 34 years coaching, including several years as head football coach at Pass Christian High in the 1990's. He has also served as an assistant football, basketball and
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track coach at Biloxi.
"I want to thank the Biloxi school system for giving me a chance to coach girls basketball," Brown said. "I couldn't have asked for a better opportunity. Coaching girls basketball allowed me to do a lot of other things."
The Lady Indians were known for their hard-nosed, defensive play under Brown. His Sun Herald All-South Mississippi selections featured Amber Fields and Camille Dunnings. Nine of his former players went on to play junior college basketball. All of his teams had a overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
"We managed to beat Hancock and Gulfport a few times, something Biloxi hadn't been able to do in a while," Brown said. "I worked hard and the kids responded. As a coach, you have to provide leadership."
For Brown, his biggest joy comes off the court.
"As a coach, you always want to win and compete," Brown said. "But my reward comes from seeing the players graduate, they come back in town to visit you, invite you to their wedding or send you a text on Father's Day. I treated the players as if they were my own kids."
Brown believes the Lady Indians are in good hands with Bradley.
"Martha's a good young lady and has done a tremendous job with the players," Brown said. "She's a good X's and O's coach. Martha will do a good job."
The Lady Indians will play a Jamboree Saturday at West Harrison. Biloxi hosts Long Beach in its season opener at 7 p.m. on Nov. 5.