May 21, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown Director of Athletics, Jack Hayes, named Sarah Behn as the Elizabeth F. Turner '98 Women's Basketball Coaching Chair in a press conference at the Nelson Fitness Center on Wednesday. Behn becomes the ninth head coach in team history.
"We are excited to have Sarah Behn join Brown University as our new women's basketball coach," said Hayes. "Sarah brings immeasurable experience as a standout student-athlete, as well as a head coach at all levels of college basketball. Her passion and energy will provide a major boost to the program going forward."
Her father, Barry, was a two-time letterwinner on the Brown basketball team from 1960-62.
The Foxboro, Massachusetts native joins Brown after spending the last three seasons as head coach of UMass Lowell, where she guided the Riverhawks' transition from Division II to Division I play in 2013-14.
"We have a nice foundation here, I want to build on what we have to play a up-tempo system and to eventually close the gap within the Ivy League," said Behn. "Being named coach is a really proud moment for myself and my family, I'm looking forward to the challenge."
Behn compiled UMass Lowell's best record in over 10 seasons during the 2012-13 campaign, posting 18 wins and a 15-7 record in Northeast-10 play. Behn's up-tempo offense helped pace the Riverhawks to an 81.5 points-per-game scoring average, good for second overall in the national Division II rankings.
Prior to her stint in Lowell, Behn spent seven seasons as head coach of her alma mater, Foxboro High School, where she led the Warriors to MIAA Tournament appearances in six of those seven years. Behn earned her first collegiate head coaching position at Framingham State (1997-2000), before moving onto Franklin Pierce for two seasons (2000-02).
As a player, Behn starred at Boston College from 1989-93, totaling 2,523 points as the program's all-time leading scorer, while becoming the Eagles' only four-time Big East All-Star selection. A Big East Rookie of the Year selection in 1989-90, Behn was inducted into the BC Hall of Fame in 1998, and was the first BC female student-athlete to have her uniform number retired, as her No. 33 was raised into the Conte Forum rafters in 2003.
Behn and her husband, Tim, have four children, twins Jack and Joey, Teddy, and Gracie.