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When Jeff Brown first stepped onto the basketball court, no one knew how far that first step would take him. Now Jeff is one of the most respected and successful college basket- ball coaches in the North East. During his high school years at Clarkstown South, Jeff was a three time All-County selection. In his senior year, Jeff averaged an astounding 26.9 points a game and set the Rockland County career scoring record in 1978 with 1,428 points. This record lasted for nine years until Bill Kurisko of Nanuet exceeded it by 16 points. Jeff then held on to the second spot in career scoring for the next 18 years. He is gen- erally acknowledged as the best basketball player in Clarkstown South’s history. In his senior year, Jeff lead his undefeated (20 wins) team into the New York State regional finals against a power- house and also undefeated Mount Vernon team that boasted two future NBA players (the McCray brothers). Unfortunately, Jeff and the Clarkstown South team fell short of their goal of a victory against Mount Vernon and a state championship, but wound up as the number 3 ranked high school team in New York State. Jeff earned a basketball scholarship to the University of Vermont and went on to have a highly successful career there. By the time he graduated from Vermont, Jeff scored 1,336 points and became the third highest scorer in the school’s history. Today Jeff ranks 10th on the scoring list. Jeff captained his team his sen- ior year, and was selected honorable mention All New England. For these accomplishments Jeff was inducted into the University of Vermont’s Athletic Hall of Fame. After graduation, Jeff spent three years as the top assistant basketball coach at Manhattan College where he built his reputation as a first rate recruiter and strategist. In 1985 Jeff returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach for nine years. At Vermont his responsibilities included advance scouting, player develop- ment, on the floor coaching, and game-day preparations. In 1994 Jeff took over the head coaching position at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. In 1997 Jeff landed the job as the head coach at Middlebury College and is still there today. This year Coach Brown was the unanimous choice of the NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) as Coach of the Year after leading his team to its first conference championship with a 24-3 record. He is now in his 12th year at the helm of the Middlebury Panthers, and over the last two seasons, the Panthers have a record of 43-11 and two straight NCAA tournament appearances. When basketball season is over Jeff is also the assistant Girls soccer coach at Middlebury College, plus he donates his time to the Middlebury Special Olympics and is a community United Way fundraiser. He lives in Middlebury with his wife Renee and three lovely daughters, Vanessa 21, Michelle 19, and Nicole 15.