Matt Brown graduated from the University of Denver in 2005. He was drafted fifth overall by the Arizona Sting in the NLL before moving to MLL, where he played five seasons with the Denver Outlaws. He still dominates Outlaws team history, boasting the title of second in goals scored (138), and fourth in total points (160). In June 2011, Matt accepted the position of Associate Head Coach of the men’s lacrosse team at the University of Denver, his alma mater where he was a four-year starter. Brown first joined the organization in 2007 as a volunteer assistant coach before moving to assistant coach. He has helped Denver to a 109-47 overall record, capped off with a 2015 NCAA Championship.
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What was it like to play all five years of your MLL career in Denver?
I think it was an awesome experience to play in the MLL. To play with the best players in the world, and especially to do it here in Denver, which is where I call home now. I went to school at the University of Denver, and Colorado is really setting the standard in MLL. It was a lot of fun to compete at that level, for the hometown crowd at Mile High Field
Do you look back and have a favorite memory from your time in MLL?
In general, my favorite memory was every Friday during the summertime; where you would meet up with the guys again and have a good practice, then you compete on Saturday, and you kind of say good bye during the week, but then you get together again. As a player you got more excited as the week went on. I think playing at Mile High field on July 4, playing in front of sold out crowds, it made us feel like our sport was going the direction we wanted it to go. Oh, and the championship weekends we got to go to, five in a row. I think just being able to compete at that level is awesome.
Five years is a pretty short career in the sports world, but you retired to take on a much different role. What has coaching at your alma mater been like?
I think that was the most difficult thing, playing indoor and outdoor lacrosse and then taking the jump into the coaching world, if you want to be serious, you can’t do both [coach and play]. As a player you want to play for as long as you possibly can, but an opportunity came up I couldn’t pass up. Being able to coach at my alma mater [is amazing]. Like last year winning the national championship, going to a number of final fours, that’s what is the best. The most benefit I’ve received is just trying to educate and be a mentor to a group of young men who don’t really know what they want to do in their life. Some don’t know what they are able to do on the lacrosse field. It’s awesome to make relationships with them; on the field, and off the field.
What do you do when you’re not coaching?
I have three daughters, now, 5 years, 3 years, and 4 months old. I mostly spend my time being with them, taking them skiing on Sundays, going up to the mountains. Just spending quality time with my family.
What’s your favorite non-lacrosse sport and sport team?
Without question, hockey, I was a hockey guy growing up, in British Colombia, Canada. However, my team growing up, and still, is the Boston Bruins. Being in Colorado now, where I call home, I've really developed a passion for the Colorado sports teams. Everyone jumps on the Broncos bandwagon.
What do you think is your biggest accomplishment?
In Lacrosse, winning a national championship here at DU, and going to championship weekends with the Outlaws. I think my biggest one though has been finding an unbelievable girl, who’s an outstanding mother and having three daughters; starting a family, without question, is something I take the most the most pride in.