For Oakland Mills boys basketball coach Jon Browne, the Scorpions’ home triumph over Arundel on Dec. 28 meant more than just the team’s fifth victory in seven games to start the season.
The blowout result marked Browne’s 200th career win.
“To have the opportunity to be the coach here has just been kind of a dream,” Browne said. “It’s been fun, and I’ve been blessed with a lot of great kids over the years and the ability to put together some pretty great seasons. Just to have all of these guys around me, it’s been special.”
Browne is in his 13th season as Oakland Mills head coach and most notably led the Scorpions’ to their second-ever state title in 2015. He’s been a teacher and part of the boys basketball program for more than 20 years.
Among his other career highlights was the 2010-2011 campaign, when Oakland Mills ran through the regular season undefeated, advanced to the 2A South final and finished the season 25-1. Two years later, the Scorpions returned to the regional championship after going 19-0 in county play.
In 2014-15, the Scorpions’ 17-2 league finish was good for second place behind Centennial, and they carried that success into the postseason. They won each of their five playoff contests, including a 64-55 win over Patterson in the 2A state championship game.
The only other time Oakland Mills has won the state title was in 1990.
Their state title run occurred during a time of recent county dominance, as Browne’s teams have finished either first or second in the league standings six out of the past eight seasons.
Browne leads the county in career wins among active coaches. River Hill coach Matt Graves is next with 183 wins, while Mt. Hebron’s Mike Linsenmeyer (170 wins) and Centennial’s Chad Hollwedel (167 wins) have also won plenty at their respective schools.
“Good help, good kids, great ADs over the years. Great community support,” Browne said. “The community always loves this team, loves this school and always support us.”
This year’s group also has the potential to contend for a county crown. With junior guard Daeshawn Eaton (17.9 points per game) leading the way, the Scorpions are 5-2 so far, only dropping games to Hammond and No. 9 Dulaney.
They’ll have an opportunity to further prove their legitimacy when they travel to River Hill (3-0 county, 7-1 overall) on Wednesday night.
It’ll also be another chance for Browne to begin his quest for another coaching milestone.
“It’s been a fun run,” Browne said, “and hopefully I got a little more left in the gas tank.”
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