Coach Karl Brown


Karl Brown, is our Director of Basketball.

“Karl Brown has been in of the original pioneers of the British game. He left home as a young boy to seek his fortune in an unknown land. This took a lot of guts. As a player he achieved fame making is to the NCAA Final Four and playing for his country. He is unstoppably the best defensive player England has produced. He now looks to take his experience and know-how into the coaching ranks.” – Steve Bucknall – former NBA Los Angeles Player, now with London Thunder.


“Karl came to Georgia Tech form a Florida Junior College. Not many players can come from the Junior College ranks top the high level of basketball played in the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference). The transition for Karl was not easy. Georgia Tech is very demanding academically and the ACC is pressure packed; and you have to be highly focussed. I remember telling Karl I didn’t think things would work out and maybe he should consider transferring to another school. It was at this time Karl really got serious. Karl didn’t want to fail and let his family and friends down.


Kenny Anderson, the best point guard in America joined the Georgia Tech team in Karl’s senior year. Karl did a complete turnaround and now hi attitude and behaviour were exceptional. He accepted his role to play behind and beside Kenny. I can sum up Karl’s senior year in one sentence. Without Karl Brown, Georgia Tech would never have won the ACC Championship and make the 1990 Final four. Karl was great on and off the court. He was our best on-ball defender and his ball handling and passing were great. Against LSU and Shaquille O’Neal in the NCAA 2nd round, we were down 18 points. Karl entered the game and guarded Chris Jackson, a future NBA star. Karl pressed full court and along with Kenny Anderson, Dennis Scott and Brian Oliver brought us back for a great 3 point victory. I note is as one of my and Georgia Tech’s greatest wins and Karl Brown turned that game around himself.” –  Bobby Cremins – Former Head Coach


“Way back when, an aggressive young Moat student of 16 came to my attention as a prospect for our local team then playing in the Leicestershire First Division. We found a spot in our back court – playing alongside another pretty useful guard – Paul James. At that time the young Karl Brown was all speed and aggression – not too many skills of the basketball variety. He immediately established himself and quickly progressed. Needless to say we tore up the local league! It was never an easy route for young Karl. Off to High School in the US at 17 with a lot of hard work to meet the different academic standards, then onto Junior College – a well tested route for those who need some further skills fine tuning – and then a full basketball scholarship to a powerhouse Division 1 College, Georgia Tech, We watched his career with wonder; in a Tech team with 3 future NBA players. Both of those local league backcourters eventually went on to play for England with distinction – both had spells with the Riders but also played in the top clubs in England winning Championships.” – Kevin Routledge – Leicester Riders Owner.

Coaching Honours

  • 2012 – 2013 British Colleges Final Fours, College Champions
  • 2010 – 2013 England U16 Men European Championship, Silver Medal, Promotion
  • U18 Men, EBL D1 Men Final Fours, 9th Place – U18 Men Division A
  • 2009 – 2010 U18 Conference Champions
  • 2008 – 2009 England U16 Men European Championships, Bronze Medal
  • 2007 – 2008 U15 Play Off quarter Finalists, Leicester Warriors
  • 2007 – 2008 U13 League Champions, Leicester Warriors
  • 2006 – 2007 Patron’s Cup Winners, Leicester Warriors
  • 2005 – 2006 BBL Trophy Finalist

Playing History

  • 1998 – 2003 Leicester Riders
  • 1998 Pallacanestro Gorizia (Italy)
  • 1996 – 1998 London Towers
  • 1994 – 1996 London Leopards
  • 1992 – 1994 Guildford Kings
  • 1990 – 1992 Leicester City Riders
  • 1987 – 1990 Georgia Tech


Playing Honours

  • 1996/97 & 2000/01 BBL Play Off Championship Winner
  • 1996 – 1997 BBL Championship Runner Up
  • 1996 – 1997 BBL Trophy Winner & MVP
  • 1993 – 1994 Play Off Finalist
  • 1992/93 & 2000/01 National Cup Winner
  • 1992/93 & 1997/98 BBL Trophy Finalist
  • 1991 – 1992 BBL Trophy Finalist MVP
  • 1991 – 1996 League All-Star Team
  • 1990 – 1997 All-Star Game
  • 1990 – 1991 National Cup Finalist
  • 1989 World Student Games (Leading scorer – 133pts)
  • 1988 & 1992 Great Britain International, Total 27 caps
  • 1988 England International (Debut v China), Total 51 caps
  • 1987 NCAA Final Fours (Georgia Tech)



Some photos from:

Mansoor Ahmed
Kevin Cadle

Ian Christie



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