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OU Women's Basketball: Britney Brown goes from Sooner crimson to Husker red

A proud papa sent me an email Thursday morning.

Richard Brown lives in Norman, but I regularly see him on football fields around the Big 12. So do you. He is a football referee who has worked college games as an umpire for two decades.

Richard is also the father of Britney Brown, who was a standout point guard at Norman North High, then went on to be a three-year starter for Oklahoma.

But now she is trading in her Sooner crimson for Cornhusker red.

Richard emailed me to let me know that Britney has gone to work for Nebraska. She’s an assistant to head coach Connie Yori and the Huskers’ lead recruiter.

Even he move became official a month or so ago, it unfortunately wasn’t on my radar until Thursday morning. But it continues Britney’s fairly rapid ascent up the coaching ranks. After she finished her playing career in 2007, she spent two seasons as the Sooners’ video coordinator, then two seasons as an assistant at Putnam City West. That led to an assistant’s job at Tulsa, where she has been for four years.

Now, she’ll be one of the top assistants with a Power Five program.

“We’re excited to add Britney to our program,” Yori said in a statement when the hiring was announced. “Britney is a talented young coach who has been influenced by a pair of outstanding head coaches in Sherri Coale at Oklahoma and Matilda Mossman at Tulsa. Britney has earned a strong reputation as a coach and recruiter, and we think she is a terrific fit for our program.”

Yori sounds happy to have her, and I guarantee there’s a dad in Norman whose happiness is off the charts.


Jenni Carlson

Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football... Read more ›