Laramie High School announced Dr. Travis Brown as their new boys’ basketball head coach with approval from the Albany County School Board Tuesday.

Brown told KOWB in a phone interview that he was very excited to accept the position.

“That’s what first went through my mind. A little bit of anxiety, I would say, as thinking about all the things we’ve got to get going. I feel a little bit behind the eight ball already, as far as, you’re competing with programs that have been established and have their summer schedule probably already in place.”

Brown also mentioned his desire to get the team up to speed with what he expects.

“I’m also proud, as the fact that they’ve entrusted me to lead this team where everyone’s hoping it can go.”

Dr. Brown received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Washington State University in Neuroscience. He played collegiately at Spokane Falls Community College and Eastern Washington University. Dr. Brown, his wife, Julie and son, Jaedyn moved to Laramie from Providence, RI. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the School of Pharmacy and Neuroscience Program at the University of Wyoming.

Brown brings with him over ten years of coaching experience. Since moving to Laramie, he has established a competitive youth basketball program, the Gem City Wranglers.

Brown told KOWB that team stemmed from seeking more useful opportunities elsewhere.

“I kind of had the Gonzaga University mentality that we’ll play you whenever, wherever, cause that’s how we’re going to get better. I’ve been very proud of what those kids have accomplished. They’re not an all-star team. They’re a group of kids from Laramie, who want to do their city proud.”

Travis Brown has also coached youth football and baseball in Laramie.

Athletics Director Bruce Schmidt said in a release, “Mr. Brown will continue to bring an exciting style of basketball to the LHS program. He will bring great energy and enthusiasm to the basketball program at Laramie High School.”

Dr. Brown will soon be meeting with coaches and players to coordinate summer workouts.

Laramie returns three starters and seven lettermen from last season’s team that finished 10-17 and as the 4A Consolation Champions, which is good for fourth place.

Dr. Brown will join David Settle during the morning show, ‘Laramie Live on KOWB,’ Thursday at 8:10 a.m.