Mike Brown was named the 17th coach in Cavaliers history on June 2, 2005.
Brown joined the Cavaliers after spending two seasons as the associate head coach of the Indiana Pacers. Brown is widely regarded as a defensive specialist. He helped lead Indiana to consecutive playoff appearances including a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2004.
Prior to his time with the Pacers, Brown was an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs for three seasons, including the 2003 World Championship season. While with the Spurs, Brown’s teams won at least 58 games each season. He also was the head coach for the Spurs’ summer league teams in Boston and Salt Lake City.
Brown spent three years with the Washington Wizards’ staff beginning in 1997, spending the first two years as an assistant under Bernie Bickerstaff, and his final year as the team’s professional scout.
Born on March, 5, 1970, Brown began his NBA career with the Denver Nuggets in 1992, where he spent five seasons, first as the team’s video coordinator and then as a scout. As an assistant coach in the NBA, Brown’s teams have compiled an overall record of 341-201 (.629).
Brown is a 1992 graduate of the University of San Diego with a degree in business. He played basketball two seasons at USD after spending two years at Mesa Community College. He and his wife, Carolyn, have two sons, Elijah and Cameron.