ThunderWolves Women's Basketball
Kip Drown, one of the most successful women's basketball coaches in the history of the RMAC, will enter his 8th season at the helm of the Colorado State University-Pueblo women's basketball team in 2012-13.
He has already established himself as one of the top coaches in CSU-Pueblo Athletics history, regardless of sport, posting a 137-709 record in seven seasons and claiming four Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championships, including three straight from 2008-2010.
Drown led the team to its first five NCAA Division II National Tournament appearances (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012). In three of its RMAC Championship runs, including the most recent in 2010, Drown's ThunderWolves teams had to win road playoff games before sweeping through the rest of the tournament.
In 2011-12, Drown's ThunderWolves posted their best regular season record in school history (21-5) and claimed the first at-large bid to the NCAA Division II National Tournament in program history.
In 2009-10, in the team's fourth trip to the NCAA Division II National Tournament, the Pack finally broke through the glass ceiling, claiming its first ever national tournament win with a victory over the region's two-seed, Wayne State.
In 2008-09, the ThunderWolves had their best season ever, going 22-9 and breaking a school record for most wins in a season for the second consecutive year. The ThunderWolves also earned its third NCAA Division II Central Regional Tournament berth in four seasons following its 62-42 RMAC Championship win over Colorado School of Mines, earning a six-seed in the 2009 tournament.
In 2007-08, the ThunderWolves went 21-10 and breaking a school record for most wins in a season. In claiming the RMAC Championship, they swept through two fellow NCAA Tournament teams, Fort Lewis and Nebraska-Kearney, avenging earlier losses to both teams during the 2007-08 season.
In 2006-07, CSU-Pueblo went 17-10 overall and 13-5 in conference play as it won its first-ever RMAC West Division title and garnered the number-two seed in the RMAC Tournament.
In his first season with CSU-Pueblo, he led CSU-Pueblo to a 19-12 record and its first-ever Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Shootout crown.
Drown came to the Pack after positions at Grand Canyon, Georgia Southwestern State and Southwest Baptist.
At Grand Canyon, Drown turned around the ‘Lopes program, building a team that earned a bid to the NCAA West Regional Tournament in 2003-04. In four years, he brought the team from only four wins in the year before he arrived to a 16-12 record in 2003-04, earning CCAA Coach of the Year Honors for his efforts.
Prior to that, Drown was the head coach at NAIA Georgia Southwestern State, going 151-71 in seven years. His teams earned five trips to the NAIA National Tournament, and were frequently ranked in the top 25.
The rest of Drown's head coaching resume comes from a six-year stint at Southwest Baptist University. There, he again built a floundering program into a proven winner, earning four entries into the MIAA Conference tournament, the first four such appearances in school history. His team at Southwest Baptist, after fighting through the growing pains associated with a jump from NAIA to NCAA Division II, went on to post a 47-35 record over his last three years with the program, earning the school's first-ever weekly national ranking (11th in 2001).
His 22 years as a head coach at the collegiate level, his 368-280 record make Drown one of the most-experienced and winningest women's basketball coaches in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
Drown earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Southwest Missouri State University.
He has a wife, Gina, and five children: Christie, Cassie, Kyle, Ashlee and Laura. Gina and Kip reside in Pueblo.