Brown University named Sarah Behn as the Elizabeth F. Turner ’98 Coaching Chair for women’s basketball on May 21, 2014, the ninth head coach in team history.
“We are excited to have Sarah Behn join Brown University as our new women's basketball coach,” said Hayes. “Sarah brings immeasurable experience as a standout student-athlete, as well as a head coach at all levels of college basketball. Her passion and energy will provide a major boost to the program going forward.”
Her father, Barry, was a two-time letterwinner on the Brown basketball team from 1960-62.
The Foxboro, Massachusetts native joined Brown after spending the last three seasons as head coach of UMass Lowell, where she guided the Riverhawks’ transition from Division II to Division I play in 2013-14.
Behn compiled UMass Lowell’s best record in over 10 seasons during the 2012-13 campaign, posting 18 wins and a 15-7 record in Northeast-10 play. Behn’s up-tempo offense helped pace the Riverhawks to an 81.5 points-per-game scoring average, good for second overall in the national Division II rankings. She coached up Division II national leading scorer, Bianca Simmons, as the senior topped the rankings with 28.2 points-per-game in 2012-13.
Prior to her stint in Lowell, Behn spent seven seasons as head coach of her alma mater, Foxboro High School, where she led the Warriors to MIAA Tournament appearances in six of those seven years. Behn earned her first collegiate head coaching position at Framingham State (1997-2000), before moving onto Franklin Pierce for two seasons (2000-02). At Framingham, Behn revitalized a struggling program into a MASCAC contender, while also guiding the Rams’ women’s soccer club to the 1999 MASCAC title and first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
In 1994, she established the Sarah Behn Basketball Camp, where over 25,000 young men and women have honed their basketball skills over the previous 20 years.
As a player, Behn starred at Boston College from 1989-93, totaling 2,523 points as the program’s all-time leading scorer, while becoming the Eagles’ only four-time Big East All-Star selection. A Big East Rookie of the Year selection in 1989-90, Behn was inducted into the BC Hall of Fame in 1998, and was the first BC female student-athlete to have her uniform number retired, as her No. 33 was raised into the Conte Forum rafters in 2003.
After graduating, Behn played one season professionally in Ettlebruck, Luxembourg, posting 35.0 points-per-game to lead the Central European League.
Behn’s 2,562 points at Foxboro High stood as a state record at the time and still currently ranks in the top-10 career scoring performances in Massachusetts high school basketball history.
Behn and her husband, Tim, have four children, twins Jack and Joey, Teddy, and Gracie.