Brown Takes Helm Of Weddington Girls Basketball Team

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Weddington High School didn’t have to look far to find a veteran and successful girls basketball coach.

Aaron Brown was recently hired to take over the girls program at Weddington High and the Warriors’ new coach brings a wealth of bench experience to the program. Brown replaces Ryun Cook. Brown has 22 years experience coaching girls’ basketball.

Brown, who noted the school’s four state championships this spring, said he knows expectations will be high at Weddington. Brown added that was one of the attractions of applying for the job.

“They have a rich tradition of winning not only in basketball but in all sports,” Brown said. “Being appointed the head women’s basketball coach is truly an honor for me. I’m excited. Everything is first class at Weddington High School.”

Brown was an assistant girls basketball coach at Charlotte Latin last season and he currently teaches at Sun Valley High School. Over the past two decades Brown has been a head coach at Garinger High School, Vance High School, Harding High School and West Mecklenburg High School.

Brown has also coached women’s basketball at the collegiate level and he has been active in coaching AAU teams.

“I think my experience and my background has prepared me well for this,” Brown said. “I have coached in the area and I am familiar with most of the teams in the area. I’ve coached against some of the teams in the conference and I am familiar with the teams, their talent and what they do.

“It really helps that I am from this area and that I have coached against a lot of these teams.”

Weddington had a rich tradition in girls basketball under Cook as the Warriors made several deep postseason runs while winning three conference championships. Weddington went 13-12 overall and 4-6 in the Southern Carolina Conference last season and Brown said he is excited about his new team.

“Coach Cook established a legacy of winning at Weddington,” Brown said.

Two of Weddington’s best players — guards Erin Anderson and Karrah Katzbaugh — highlight a strong core of returning players. Anderson averaged 14 points a game last season while Katzbaugh added eight points an outing a year ago.

“Erin Anderson will be a rising senior and as a first-year coach having that experience at point guard is a plus,” Brown said. “Karrah is a good player, too. There are a lot of good, young ladies on the team so I will have a lot to work with. We are small, but being small with the experience they have had playing at the varsity level early on is going to be a plus.”

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Paul Nielsen
Nielsen was a sports writer for what is now the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for nearly 32 years before moving to North Carolina in February 2016. At the Democrat-Gazette, Nielsen's primary responsibility was beat coverage for Rogers High School. Rogers is a Class 7A school located in Northwest Arkansas.
Nielsen, a University of Arkansas graduate, covered the Northwest Arkansas Naturals Minor League Baseball team from 2008-2015. The Naturals are the Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
Nielsen has experience covering University of Arkansas athletics, including NCAA Tournament basketball games and several football bowl games. He also covered amateur and professional golf tournaments in Northwest Arkansas.
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