Sharry & Brown Honored

March 15, 2011

Middlebury College men's basketball player Ryan Sharry (Braintree, Mass.) has earned a first-team slot on the NABC All-Northeast Region Team. Panther head coach Jeff Brown has been named the Northeast Region Coach of the Year. The duo are preparing for this weekend’s final four, as the 28-1 Panthers make their first appearance at the event.

Sharry has 14 double-doubles on the year, leading the team with 13.8 points and 10.5 rebounds/game, while ranking third with 25 steals. The first-team All-NESCAC selection is shooting .523 from the floor this season, while ranking second only to Locke with 2.1 blocks/contest. Sharry owns 931 points, 633 boards and 136 blocks through 80 career games. After a pair of double-doubles at the NESCAC Championship weekend, Sharry was named the league’s player of the week.

Brown is now in his 14th year at the helm of the Panthers, having previously served as the Bates bench boss for three seasons. He has led the team to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances with a combined record of 96-17 in that time. The team has also won a pair of NESCAC Championships (’09 & ’11) under his tenure, with him earning NESCAC Coach of the Year honors in ’09 and ’11.

A 1982 graduate of the University of Vermont, Brown scored more than 1,000 points and earned induction into the university's Athletic Hall of Fame during his Catamount basketball career. He is 10th on the all-time scoring list (1,336 points), second in steals (170), seventh in assists (428), eighth in field goals made (526), and ninth in free throws made (284). While playing at UVM, Brown averaged 12.7 points and 4.1 assists per game. He spent three years as the top assistant basketball coach at Manhattan College in New York, before returning to his alma mater as an assistant coach for nine years (1985-94).