Wittenberg basketball coach Bill Brown resigns

Wittenberg men’s basketball coach Bill Brown announced his resignation Thursday.

Brown coached the Tigers for 23 seasons, won 438 games, made the Division III Final Four twice and nearly won a national championship in 2006. The Tigers lost to Virginia Wesleyan 59-56 on a last-second 3-pointer.

Wittenberg finished 14-12 last season. That followed a 10-16 season that was the Tigers’ first losing season since 1955-56.

Assistant coach Matt Croci will serve as interim coach during a transitional time.

“Needless to say, it has been a great honor and great privilege to have been the head coach of one of the most well respected college basketball programs in the country,” Brown said in a statement. “There are many, many people to thank for their contributions made on my behalf during my time being involved with the university and the basketball program. This list includes university and athletic department administrators and their support staffs, all those who served as members of our coaching staff, faithful Tiger basketball fans, Witt alums and, of course, all the many fine young men I had the absolute great fortune and great pleasure to have been around and coached. It has been a fun ride and we sincerely thank all of you that helped make it so.”