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 Brad Brown

Basketball ∙ Riverside

As a doctor, Brad Brown eases discomfort. But during his high school and college playing days, Brad created havoc for opposing players who tried to stop him on the basketball court.

Brad was a rare four-year basketball standout at Riverside, becoming the first freshman to play a varsity sport in Riverside history under legendary coach John Miller. He would go on to lead Riverside to some of its greatest moments, including a victory over powerhouse Midland in the 1979 PIAA playoffs. The Section 15 Most Valuable Player as a senior, Brad averaged 20 points a game as he led the Panthers to the state quarterfinals that season. He was named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Terrific 20." Brad graduated ranked third on Riverside's career scoring list and still holds the school records for career steals and single season assists. In 1991, Brad was named the second best player in Riverside history by The Beaver County Times. To this day, Miller, who coached several outstanding players at Blackhawk, regards Brad as one of the top players he has coached at the scholastic level.

Brad was also a football standout at Riverside, rushing for 1,200 yards as a senior and being named first team All Tri-County and All-WPIAL. He was a two-way star on the football field, as he was selected honorable mention all-state as a defensive back.

His abilities, both athletically and academically, left him with several attractive college opportunities, including Ivy League schools Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Columbia. The Valedictorian at Riverside, he ultimately chose Columbia, where he continued to dazzle. Brad was a four-year letter winner and was the first freshman to win the "Walter Bernson Award" as the team's best defensive player. Brad also won the award as a senior. He also hit a memorable shot when he connected on a 21-foot buzzer-beater to beat Princeton in 1982. Over the course of his career at Columbia, Brad played against future NBA stars Chris Mullin, Patrick Ewing, Isiah Thomas, John Paxon, and Michael Adams.

After graduation, Brad went on to earn a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from The Ohio State University and now owns a dental practice in Ellwood City. He is the proud father of a daughter, Teresa. He has also remained active in athletics, as he has been an assistant basketball coach at Riverside for several years.