Sequoyah High School announced Locust Grove coachJustin Brown as its new  girls basketball coach Friday.

Brown most recently led the Lady Pirates to the 4A state championship in 2015. Brown also won a 2A state title while serving as the head girls coach at Pawnee High School in 2009.

He inherits a program coming off a 3A state-tournament semifinal appearance that returns former state tournament and three-time All-Phoenix/Tahlequah Daily Press All-Area selection Lexy Keys.

Brown replaces Larry Callison, who retired at the end of the season.

“The Sequoyah girls basketball program has long tradition of success, especially under Coach Callison’s leadership,” Brown said in a release from the Cherokee Nation.

“I am excited and thankful for the opportunity to continue that Sequoyah Lady Indian tradition. I also want to express my sincere gratitude to the Locust Grove players, faculty, fans and community for their support during my time there leading that program.”

During Callison’s six-year tenure, Sequoyah went to the Class 3A state tournament each season, winning three state championships. The Lady Indians basketball program has a total of six state championships in program history.

“The Sequoyah Indians athletic department is excited to bring in a coach of Justin Brown’s caliber to lead our girls basketball program,” Sequoyah Schools Athletic Director Marcus Crittenden said. “The Sequoyah Lady Indians basketball program has a storied tradition. Coach Brown embraces that tradition and I’m confident that he will keep the program moving in the right direction. I look forward to working with him.”

Brown’s 19-year career record of 337-189 spans stints at Agra High School, Pawnee High School and Locust Grove High School. In addition to his two state championships, Brown also had one state runner-up finish and seven state tournament appearances total. He served as the Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association all-state coach in 2009 and the Oklahoma Coaches Association all state coach in 2010. Brown also coached a total of nine all-state players during his career.

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