Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

A Team of Their Own.(Final)

Byline: Ken Sickenger Journal Staff Writer

Seven new coaches have taken over city basketball programs

With six minutes remaining in a summer basketball game, Danny Brown felt compelled to speak his mind.

"That's a bad call," the new Highland High boys coach declared after a player pileup resulted in two free throws for opposing Del Norte.

Brown, the son of longtime Albuquerque Academy boys coach Mike Brown, retreated to his seat, but not before being hit with a technical foul. Four ensuing made free throws gave the Knights a nine-point lead.

But Brown's Hornets -- who haven't won a regular-season game since 2001 -- rallied, tying the score with 3.6 seconds left in regulation and winning in overtime.

"It's nice to know they can overcome things like that," Brown said of the technical. "When the summer started they couldn't have. I should know, I've got five T's this summer -- and I haven't even yelled at anyone yet."

Brown is part of an Albuquerque-area prep basketball coaching fraternity that's undergone dramatic membership changes of late. Seven new varsity coaches have been hired since the 2002-03 season ended, including two at Highland. Jon Ingram recently was hired to take over the school's girls program. …

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