In Memoriam – William Brown – July 30, 1951 – February 15, 2023

William Brown

William H. ‘Bill’ Brown, beloved College Basketball Coach, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, in Rostraver Township at the age of 71. He was born on July 30, 1951, in Toledo, Ohio, to the late William and Helen Harris Brown.

Bill’s passion for coaching began at Ohio University, and he went on to inspire and shape the lives of countless students throughout his career. He coached at various institutions, including the University of Arkansas, Sacramento State, Kenyon College in Ohio, and California University of PA. Bill finished his illustrious career as Assistant Coach at Duquesne University.

More than anything, Bill cherished his family. He loved nothing more than spending time with his grandchildren, Jalen, Elijah, Aubrey, Sydney, Jordyn, Kingston, Kamille, Kye, and Kue. He took great pride in their accomplishments and supported them in all their endeavors. His children, Aaron (Elisabeth) Brown of Rostraver and Kerra Clinedinst of Mount Vernon, Ohio, will forever cherish their memories of their kind and loving father.

In addition to his children and grandchildren, Bill is survived by his sister, Patricia (Bobby) Smith of Toledo, Ohio and brother-in-law, JW McKinney of Toledo.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Christy Smith Brown; sisters, Katherine McKinney and Emma Woodward; and son-in-law, Kevin Clinedinst.

William Brown and his mentee Marquette Head Coach Shaka Smart

Bill was more than just a coach, he was a mentor, friend, and role model to so many. His impact on the lives of those he was able to be a coach for and loved will be felt for years to come. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him, especially those he called “Bud.”

Friends were received from 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday in the James C. Stump Funeral Home Inc., 580 Circle Drive, Rostraver Township A Funeral Service was held in the funeral home on Sunday, February 26, at 4 p.m. following visitation.

The Rogers High School Hall of Fame committee sent their love and prayers to his family!!