A Spurs assistant for seven years, Brett Brown also coached the Australian national team at the 2012 London Olympics. (USA Today Images)
The Brett Brown coaching era is officially underway in Philadelphia.
League sources have confirmed to CSNPhilly.com that the Sixers have hired the former San Antonio Spurs assistant coach to lead their franchise for the next four years.
Brown becomes the eighth coach in the past 11 years to lead the Sixers.
SI.com first reported the contract Monday morning.
Brown inherits a team that, under Doug Collins last season, posted a 34-48 record. However, his roster will look drastically different from that of 2012-13. All-star point guard Jrue Holiday is now with the New Orleans Pelicans. Andrew Bynum, who never played a game with the Sixers, is now a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Sixers now have rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams from Syracuse, whom they selected 11th overall, and Nerlens Noel, whom the team traded Holiday for in a deal that also reaped them a 2014 first-round protected pick from New Orleans.
Brown had been with the Spurs since 2002, first as director of player development and then as an assistant coach. Prior to his time in San Antonio, Brown, 52, was a head coach in the Australian National Basketball League for 14 years.
He has also served as the head coach of the Australian National Team since 2009.