A half-century of coaching high school boys basketball is quite a feat.
When Centralia opens its season tonight at home against Elma, it will be the start of coach Ron Brown's 50th season as the Tigers' head coach. And before that, he served two years as an assistant coach at Centralia.
Brown's career win-loss record is 654-466 (.583 winning percentage), and is ranked No. 3 all-time among Washington State coaches for career victories. He won state titles in 1979 and 1981.
His son, Tim, begins his 18th season as the head boys basketball coach at North Thurston. The first father-vs.-son coaching matchup of the season will be Jan. 4 when the Rams travel to face the Tigers at Ron Brown Court.