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The Hawks get a victory at Colton for the milestone

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - MILESTONE WIN -- Horizon Christian coach Dave Brown celebrates with players, coaches and family after the Hawks won at Colton on Friday. It was Brown's 700th career coaching victory.TUALATIN — The list of achievements and milestones keep growing for Horizon Christian High School boys basketball coach Dave Brown.

And the latest addition to that list is pretty darn impressive.

Brown picked up career coaching victory No. 700 on Friday night, when the Hawks rolled to a 49-30 win over Colton in a West Valley League game played at Colton High School.

“That’s a lot of years of grinding,” Brown said. “I’ve been blessed. It’s a tribute to 41 years of great kids willing to do all that is asked of them. You can’t just take that for granted. I’ve been very fortunate.”

Brown got his first head coaching position at age 26 at Fountain Valley High School in Fountain Valley, Calif. He coached there for 20 years. He then coached basketball and served at athletic director at Laguna Hills High School.by: DAN BROOD - LEADER -- Dave Brown watches the action during last year's Class 3A state tournament.

Brown retired from coaching in 2002 with 527 career wins and moved with his wife to Oregon.

Brown came out of retirement in 2006, serving as Horizon Christian’s first boys basketball coach and athletic director.

“I was happy in retirement,” Brown said. “But I saw they were opening a new christian high school. I’ve always had a dream to be involved with a christian high school and this was an exciting opportunity to start a program from scratch. It’s been a total blessing here.”

The Hawks played an independent schedule in their first season, and were ineligible for postseason play. But, since then, Horizon Christian, under Brown’s tutelage, has reached the Class 3A state championship game six straight years. The Hawks have claimed state titles in three of the past four seasons, including last year, when they bested Blanchet Catholic 49-26 in the Class 3A title tilt.

While at Horizon Christian, Brown has compiled an overall record of 173-41 through Friday’s win at Colton. That victory also gave him a career record of 700-323.

“This is a team product,” Brown said of the milestone. “It involves the staff and the families. I always say ‘we.’ We did this.”

Brown also said that he’s known for a long time that he wanted to be a coach.

“My first Little League coach inspired me,” he said. “I grew up wanting to coach. I went to college (at Long Beach State) for that specific purpose, to coach and teach.”

In Brown’s 700th win, coming at Colton, the Hawks got a strong performance from sophomore post Jace Prinzing, who had a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Junior guard Trent Pihas added 12 points and junior guard Noah Jones scored six.

Brown got career coaching win No. 701 on Tuesday, as the Hawks bested Dayton 65-60 in a key West Valley League game played at Horizon Christian High School.

With the victory, the Hawks moved to 6-0 in WVL play and to 11-4 on the season.

Horizon Christian will be back in action Friday when it faces Westside Christian in a WVL game starting at 7 p.m. at West Hills Christian School. On Tuesday, the Hawks will host Willamina at 7 p.m.

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