Former University of Kentucky player Dale Brown has taken another step up the college basketball coaching ladder.
Brown, who helped lead Rick Pitino's Wildcats to an Elite Eight appearance in 1992 and a Final Four trip in 1993, was named head coach at Clark Atlanta University on Wednesday.
Brown takes over at NCAA Division II Clark Atlanta after three years as head coach at NAIA Division I Dillard University of New Orleans.
Clark Atlanta plays in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, which includes Kentucky State.
Brown's Dillard team finished 6-18 in 2010-11. Brown's Kentucky ties earned his Bleu Devils an exhibition matchup against the Wildcats last November in Rupp Arena, a game UK won 122-54.
Brown took over at Dillard as the school was still rebuilding from the devastation brought on by Hurricane Katrina. His team finished 12-18 in 2008-09 and 4-23 in 2009-10 as Brown worked with no recruiting budget and little to offer in the way of scholarships.
He takes over a Clark Atlanta program coming off an SIAC title and NCAA Division II Tournament appearance. Previous coach Darryl Jacobs stepped down in April after back-to-back 20-win seasons to take the job at Virginia State.
"I must say, we will win, and we will win right away," Brown told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution at his introductory news conference. "My philosophy is real simple: Play hard, play smart and play together."
Brown, who transferred to Kentucky after two seasons at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, was named Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year in both 1992 and 1993.
Brown played briefly in the NBA with the Sacramento Kings before continuing his playing career overseas.
"He brings a great knowledge of the game with a history of success and a background, particularly as a player, that can motivate and inspire young players to successful endeavors beyond the basketball court," said Clark Atlanta associate athletic director D'Wayne Robinson.
Brown promised Clark Atlanta fans the same fast-paced style he learned under Pitino.
"I believe in playing in-your-face defense the whole night — defending baseline to baseline," Brown told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "It's going to be the most exciting style of play you've ever seen at Clark Atlanta University."