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Sam Brand, who is the head boys basketball coach at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in Maryland, will return for his second stint as a USA Basketball court coach for the 2018 USA Men’s U17 World Cup Team Training Camp. Brand also served as a court coach at the 2017 USA Men’s U16 National Team training camp.
At the helm of his alma mater for eight seasons (2010-11 to present), Brand has compiled a 142-59 record (.706 winning percentage) at Poly.
In 2017-18, he led his team to a 23-6 season and captured a second-straight Maryland 3A state title, and he was named as a 2018 Baltimore Sun All-Metro Boys Basketball Co-Coach of the Year.
“It is an honor to be recognized by an organization with the prestige of USA Basketball,” Brand said. “Basketball has been an important part of my life, and I have loved the game since I can remember, so to work with the top program in the world is a dream come true.
“I am going to bring positive energy and enthusiasm to every day and share as much of my experience with the game as possible,” Brand added. “I also hope to show how appreciative I am to be a part of this experience by giving my best effort, and I will be encouraging the players to do the same.”
After taking over the program one week prior to the start of 2010-11, Brand proceeded to turn around a program that had posted just three wins the prior season and upped Poly’s record to 11-13. Since then, he has notched winning records in each of the past seven seasons.
In addition to the 2017 and 2018 state crowns, Brand has led his teams to three city championship games (2016, 2017 and 2018), winning the title in 2016 and 2018, and he captured regional championships in 2013 and 2017.
Brand was named the 2017 Prep Hoops Maryland Coach of the Year and was co-winner of the 2017 SportsMajors Maryland Coach of the Year award.
Brand also is a math teacher at Poly, one of the top academic public schools in Baltimore.
Brand was just the third NCAA Division I basketball athlete Poly produced, and he went on to be a three-year letterwinner at Morgan State University in Baltimore. At Morgan State, Brand averaged 12.1 points per game during his career and was named to the 2005 All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference second team as a senior.
He spent four seasons on the Morgan State coaching staff, first as a graduate assistant in 2006-07 and then as an assistant coach from 2007-08 through 2009-10. During that time, he helped the Bears capture a pair of MEAC regular season titles (2008, 2009) and the 2009 MEAC Tournament championship. Further, Morgan State advanced to the 2008 NIT and 2009 NCAA Tournament.
Comprised of a mix of returning veterans, with a combined 23 Olympic and World Cup gold medals and an overall 669-39 (.945) winning record in USA Basketball games played, the 2018 USA Basketball Women’s World Cup Team was finalized ahead of the Sept. 22-30 FIBA World Cup in Tenerife, Spain.
The 2018 USA Basketball Women’s National Team earned a hard-fought, unofficial 70-60 scrimmage win over Australia on Wednesday afternoon in Tenerife, Canary Islands.