BANGOR (AP) – Ron Brown, a longtime Maine high school basketball coach, has died at the age of 58.

The Bangor Daily news said Brown died Tuesday from complications from kidney failure.

Brown was a head coach at high schools across central and eastern Maine for more than 30 years. He coached the now-defunct Maine Lumberjacks, a professional team in the Continental Basketball Association, for the 1979-80 and 1980-81 seasons.

He wrote several books about basketball, including “Simply the Best: The Cindy Blodgett Story,” a book that chronicled the rise of the state’s most heralded female basketball player. He also wrote a freelance sports column, “Time Out,” for several years for the Bangor Daily News.

Brown is survived by his wife and three sons.

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