IU EAST VOLLEYBALL COACHES ANNOUNCE RESIGNATIONS
January 11, 2013By kyle wright of IU EAST BROADCAST SPORTS
RICHMOND, Ind. - Charlie and Londa Brown, who oversaw the Indiana University East
volleyball program's rise into the NAIA's elite, announced Charlie is resigning as
the program's head coach and Londa as the program's assistant coach effective Feb.
The Browns compiled a 186-51 record in six NAIA seasons. The Red Wolves reached the
NAIA Volleyball National Championship in each of the past four seasons. IU East won
four Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament titles and three
regular season KIAC titles under the Browns' direction. IU East led the nation in
total wins this past season with 44. The Red Wolves won 150 games over the past four
seasons, the second-best total in the NAIA.
"We will always look back with a sense of pride and satisfaction at our program's
accomplishments," Charlie Brown said. "Taking a program from NAIA startup to
competing at the national tournament level has been a very fulfilling, challenging,
exciting and gratifying process."
The Browns are the only volleyball coaches in IU East's NAIA history.
"I am deeply saddened by the resignation of the coaches Brown," said IU East
athletic director Mark Hester. "Their contributions to IU East and the athletics
program are immeasurable and more than likely will never be duplicated. To take the
program from relative non-existence to where they are a national tournament caliber
team - under the challenges our coaches face in our program - is no small feat and
not to be overlooked. And as sad as I am to lose the head of our most successful
program, I will miss the relationship with Charlie personally as well."
Charlie Brown was the American Volleyball Coaches Association Northeast Region Coach
of the Year for 2012 and won the KIAC Coach of the Year award three times.
IU East's players earned eight All-America honors, 22 all-conference awards, seven
national Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors and 27 academic all-conference
awards during the Browns' tenure.
"We only regret leaving the relationships that we have forged and nurtured over the
years," Charlie Brown said. "We have had some great experiences and have met many
wonderful people. We truly appreciated the support the program received from the
fans and the community."
Hester says the process to search for a successor has already begun.
"We fully intend to do a thorough search and find someone - not to replace Charlie
and Londa - but who can carry on what they started," Hester said.