Northern Arizona basketball coach resigns
Mike Adras resigned Friday as Northern Arizona’s basketball
Athletic Director Jim Fallis said 70-year-old Dave Brown will
serve as interim head coach while a search for a permanent
replacement is conducted.
Brown is a member of the NAU Athletics Hall of Fame and former
head coach of the school’s women’s basketball team and the Yavapai
College men’s team. He served as a color commentator for NAU’s
basketball broadcasts for the past three seasons.
”It’s tough that it’s this time of the year,” Fallis said. ”I
think we are fortunate with a young staff to have somebody with the
experience and the knowledge and the capability of Dave Brown to
step in on an interim basis.”
Players were informed of Adras’ departure before practice Friday
”I’m shocked,” point guard Stallon Saldivar said. ”We weren’t
expecting that at all. We were just going through our daily
routine, came in and (they) broke the news. We were just
speechless; nobody knew what to do. I had no idea what was going
Brown met with players immediately before running his first
practice and will direct the Lumberjacks (2-7) Saturday night
against Cal State Bakersfield. He started Yavapai College’s men’s
basketball program in 1970 and was 85-100 in seven seasons as the
NAU women’s basketball coach from to 1983-90.
”I’m no savior,” said Brown, who also served as NAU’s interim
athletic director in 2004. ”I’m no big guy who is going to turn
everything around. We’re just going to try to reinforce the
positives and teach.”
Adras compiled a 193-170 record in 13 years as head coach at
NAU. He led the Lumberjacks to their second NCAA tournament
appearance in his first season and ranks third on the Big Sky
Conference wins list with 99 conference victories.
He served as an assistant for seven years at the school and
assumed the head coaching position in 1999 when current UCLA coach
Ben Howland left for Pittsburgh.
Adras did not address the team Friday, according to players and
”I am proud of what my team has built at NAU and of our student
athletes,” Adras said.
Fallis said the university will begin searching for a permanent
”In order to keep some continuity in the program and also
remain competitive, obviously we’re going to want a coach in place
as quickly as possible,” Fallis said.