NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Danielle Brown, who made three NCAA Elite Eight appearances as a player at Kean and has spent the last eight years coaching, has joined the Yale women's basketball staff as an assistant coach. Allison Guth, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Basketball, announced the move Tuesday.
"We are thrilled to have Danielle on board with our coaching staff," said Guth. "I was able to cultivate a relationship with Coach D after she impressed me while working at our Yale Elite Camp last summer. Danielle is a tremendous teacher and will serve as a wonderful mentor to our young women at Yale. We are excited to get to work and hit the road recruiting together this July!"
Brown spent last season on the Rutgers-Newark staff. She helped the Scarlet Raiders finished first in offensive rebounding, third in scoring defense and fifth in steals in NJAC play. She also helped develop an All-NJAC selection who ranked second in the league in steals (13th nationally), fifth in scoring and fifth in assists.
"I am overjoyed to join the Yale women's basketball staff," said Brown. "Yale's reputation precedes itself as one of the finest institutions in the world and one that is committed to building winners on and off the court. I cannot thank Coach Guth enough for this incredible opportunity, and am eager to serve the current and future young women of Yale. Go Bulldogs!"
Brown was the head coach at Rahway High School in New Jersey from 2011-17, leading her team to the quarterfinals of the county tournament and the semifinals of the state tournament sectional -- the team's deepest postseason run since 2001. Under her leadership the team made six straight state tournament appearances, and won a conference title in 2015-16. Brown also established fundraisers and a community service project each season and coordinated a clinic for local youths.
Brown played forward at Kean, where she helped the Cougars to four NCAA DIII Tournament appearances (advancing to the Elite Eight three times) and three NJAC titles. She served as team captain and won the team's unsung hero award in 2009-10, a year after earning the team's most improved player award. An All-NJAC selection, Brown helped the team go 106-18 over the course of her career. She graduated cum laude in 2010 with a degree in health/physical education.
Brown also served as an assistant coach with the Bishop Ahr High School track program in Edison, N.J., from 2010-2017 and was an assistant for the KJ Basketball 15U AAU program starting in the summer of 2016. In 2010-11 she was an assistant coach at Franklin High School in Somerset, N.J., and helped develop the school's all-time leader in scoring, rebounding and steals.
A native of New Brunswick, N.J., Brown attended St. Peter's High School. She joins the Bulldogs as they come off a 2017-18 season in which they set the school record for wins (19) and became the first Ivy League women's basketball team to win a postseason tournament (the Women's Basketball Invitational).
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity