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Volleyball - Mon, Jan. 14, 2013

Charlie and Londa Brown inherited what was then a club volleyball team at IU East in 2005 with the stated goal "to turn the IU East program around and to build a respectful and successful program the school and community could be proud of."

Eight years later, they leave after building one of the top programs in the NAIA.

The Browns, who oversaw the Indiana University East volleyball program's rise into the NAIA's elite, announced Charlie is resigning as the program's head coach and Londa as the program's assistant coach effective Feb. 1.

The Browns compiled a 186-51 record in six NAIA seasons. The Red Wolves reached the NAIA Volleyball National Championship in each of the past four seasons. IU East won four Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament titles and three regular season KIAC titles under the Browns' direction. IU East led the nation in total wins this past season with 44. The Red Wolves won 150 games over the past four seasons, the second-best total in the NAIA.

"We will always look back with a sense of pride and satisfaction at our program's accomplishments," Charlie Brown said. "Taking a program from NAIA startup to competing at the national tournament level has been a very fulfilling, challenging, exciting and gratifying process."

The Browns are the only volleyball coaches in IU East's NAIA history.

"I am deeply saddened by the resignation of the coaches Brown," said IU East athletic director Mark Hester. "Their contributions to IU East and the athletics program are immeasurable and more than likely will never be duplicated. To take the program from relative non-existence to where they are a national tournament caliber team - under the challenges our coaches face in our program - is no small feat and not to be overlooked. And as sad as I am to lose the head of our most successful program, I will miss the relationship with Charlie personally as well."

Charlie Brown was the American Volleyball Coaches Association Northeast Region Coach of the Year for 2012 and won the KIAC Coach of the Year award three times.

IU East's players earned eight All-America honors, 22 all-conference awards, seven national Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors and 27 academic all-conference awards during the Browns' tenure.

"We only regret leaving the relationships that we have forged and nurtured over the years," Charlie Brown said. "We have had some great experiences and have met many wonderful people. We truly appreciated the support the program received from the fans and the community."

Hester says the process to search for a successor has already begun.

"We fully intend to do a thorough search and find someone - not to replace Charlie and Londa - but who can carry on what they started," Hester said.