Former JMU standout Jennifer Brown joined the Dukes' staff as assistant coach in June 2010.
In her first season (2010-11) as a coach at JMU, the Dukes won the Colonial Athletic Association championship and played in the NCAA Tournament. In her second season (2011-12) JMU advanced to the championship game of the Women's National Invitation Tournament, and in her third (2012-13) the Dukes were WNIT quarterfinalists.
Brown brings a unique energy to teaching. She develops the Dukes’ post play and serves as an academic coach. She is also involved in every aspect of recruiting student-athletes and scouting opponents.
Brown, one of head coach Kenny Brooks' former players at JMU, returned to her alma mater after spending two years (2008-10) as an assistant coach at Colgate.
At Colgate Brown participated in every aspect of the program’s day to day operations. She served as a recruiter, academic coach, team travel coordinator, film exchange coordinator, marketing and promotions liaison, community service coordinator, and opponent scout. She also provided on-court skill development to both posts and guards.
Brown played for the Dukes from 2006-08 after transferring to JMU from Pittsburgh. In her junior season in 2006-07, JMU compiled a 27-6 record, was runner-up in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament, earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and was ranked as high as 22nd in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and as high as 25th in the USA Today Top 25 poll. As a senior in 2007-08, Brown was a starting forward on the Dukes' team that put together a 24-10 record, advanced to the round of 16 of the Women's National Invitation Tournament, and received votes during the season in both Top 25 polls.
She ranked third on the team in rebounding as a senior tri-captain, averaging 6.7 rebounds per game, and she ranked sixth in blocked shots (1.2) and ninth in rebounding among CAA players. She also averaged 9.2 points per contest in 2007-08. Brown received a number of academic awards that season, including the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award, CAA All-Academic second-team honors and the CAA Commissioners Academic Award. She was also named a Strength and Conditioning All-America by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, received the JMU team's Courage Award, and was selected to participate in Nike's So You Want to Be a Coach Program.
As a junior Brown received CAA All-Academic honorable mention and the CAA Commissioners Academic Award. She was voted the team's most improved player after averaging 5.0 points and 5.4 rebounds a game.
At Pittsburgh Brown was the team's second-leading rebounder (8.1) and third-leading scorer (9.3) as a sophomore in 2004-05.
The Brooklyn, N.Y., native earned all-state, all-city and all-borough honors as a senior at Martin Luther King High School, where she set school records for points (2,386) and rebounds. Brown averaged a conference-leading 33 points and 20 rebounds as a senior in 2003. Her team won the Manhattan Borough championship and placed seventh in the state of New York in 2002.
Brown earned a bachelor’s degree in justice studies with a concentration in criminal justice from JMU in 2007 and a master’s degree in kinesiology with a concentration in coaching and recreation leadership from JMU in 2008. She is also a 2013 graduate of the NCAA Women's Coaches Academy.