Panthers coach reaches milestone

Southwest DeKalb High School boys’ basketball head coach Eugene Brown got his 300th career win in DeKalb County on Jan. 9 when his Panthers team defeated Stephenson 47-32.

The milestone win for Brown comes after 17 seasons of coaching in DeKalb County School District for Southwest DeKalb and Stone Mountain high schools.

Brown now has a record of 304-165 and a 64.8 percent win after spending 2001-2006 at Stone Mountain (108-58) and returning to Southwest DeKalb where he has been for 11 seasons (196-107).

“When you have a role in positively influencing the lives of young students, it is not about the records and accomplishment but the events and lessons that occur in between that forever impact their character,” said Brown. “There’s no better way to repay the opportunities afforded you than to help the young people you influence to reach their full potential as students, athletes, and productive citizens.”

In his six seasons at Stone Mountain, he had playoff appearances in 2003-2004 and a 26-5 record and state semifinal game in 2004.

Brown then coached at Alcovy High School in Covington, Georgia, from 2007 to 2013. He had a 106-87 record with a pair of region titles at the non-DeKalb school. Combined with his 304-165 record in DeKalb, Brown has a career total of 410-252 (62 percent) over 25 seasons. His 400th career victory came in a 53-45 win over Holy Innocent’s in the Region 6-4A title game in 2023.

Brown and the Panthers returned to the playoffs and reached the Elite 8 in 2016, which was Brown’s third season back in DeKalb. He has seven state playoff appearances at Southwest DeKalb, including back-to-back semifinal runs in 2019 (24-7) and 2020 (19-13).

“When you’ve been at it for this long, there’s probably hundreds of people to thank, but first and foremost, I thank my wife and family for allowing me to be in the gym as much as I have been,” said Brown. “I also need to thank my coaching staffs and administrative staffs for helping me to develop and guide the student athletes.”

Brown continued, “The athlete’s parents are also to be thanked for trusting us to help develop the skills and character of their children. Finally, the players themselves that are receptive to being coached hard as we wouldn’t be here without them.”

His playoff accomplishments include three semifinal appearances, four Elite 8 runs, and six trips to the Sweet 16.

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