Women's Basketball

Tempie Brown Returns to Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. - A familiar face is set to return to the Stanford women's basketball sidelines, as Tempie Brown has been hired as an assistant coach for the Cardinal after previously working in the same role from 2013-20.
In her seven seasons on the bench, Stanford went 200-50 (.800) and made two Final Fours, four Elite Eights and six Sweet Sixteens. The Cardinal also captured both a Pac-12 regular season (2014) and three Pac-12 Tournament championships (2015, 2017, 2019).

"I am thrilled to return to Stanford and work with Tara, Kate and Katy," commented Brown. "More than that, I am eager to work and develop the players, both on and off the court, and help continue the program's legacy of success."

Since leaving Stanford in 2020, Brown has lived in Michigan, working as an athletic director for Okemos Public Schools and raising her two children with her wife, Malissa.

During her previous stint at Stanford, Brown worked primarily with the post position, while leading the charge on the recruiting trail. She helped oversee the likes of All-American and current WNBA player Alanna Smith, as well as an honorable mention All-American Erica McCall. Brown helped Stanford assemble five consecutive top-10 classes, including the most recent senior class of Francesca Belibi, Haley Jones, Hannah Jump and Ashten Prechtel. 

"We are very excited to have Tempie back at Stanford, absolutely thrilled she is rejoining our program," added the Setsuko and Ishiyama Director of Women's Basketball Tara VanDerveer. "Tempie brings an incredible amount of knowledge and experience with her, along with plenty of Stanford wisdom from her previous years on The Farm. Her enthusiasm towards the game and the program will certainly help us on and off the court."
Prior to her arrival on The Farm, Brown spent four seasons at Michigan State, rising to the position of associate head coach as she helped guide the Spartans to NCAA Tournament appearances in each of her seasons in East Lansing. Over that span, the Spartans went 95-37, including a 46-20 mark in conference play, and the team never finished lower than third in the Big Ten standings.
Including her stint at Michigan State, Brown has spent the past 20 years in the collegiate coaching ranks. Before her time in East Lansing she served as an assistant coach at Memphis (2008-09), Northwestern (2004-08), Lehigh (2002-04), Eastern Michigan (2000-02) and Saginaw Valley State (1999-2000).
Brown graduated from the University of Michigan in 1990 with a degree in kinesiology, and later finished her master's degree in exercise physiology in 1992. A four-year letterwinner and two-year captain from 1986-90 with the Wolverines, Brown still ranks among the program's top-15 scorers with 1,142 points, in addition to sitting in the top-20 in career assists and steals. As a sophomore, she was recognized as an All-Big Ten honorable mention in addition to being named the team's most improved player.
Brown and her wife, Malissa Burke, have two children, Lucas and Vivian.