DURHAM, N.C.— Over the summer, the Blue Devils have been catching up with Duke women's basketball alumnae to see what they have been up to since leaving Durham. Up next is 2000 graduate and former All-ACC first team selection as a senior Peppi Browne. A 1,000-point scorer, Browne started 100 of 117 career games with the Blue Devils. She was having her best season at Duke in 1999-2000, but suffered a torn ACL in her 20th game and was forced to miss the remainder of the year. She still went on to receive All-ACC accolades that season.
Since graduating from Duke, what have you been up to?
I got my masters in Biomedical Engineering and masters in Business Administration, worked for the Federal Government and a large pharmaceutical company. I opened up a medical practice with my husband Kelsey, Armstrong Podiatry & Sports Health and currently work for a large technology company. I have just co-founded a new business venture Docentz, LLC which is an online, mobile ready system that acts as a both a guide and tracker for all student-athletes anywhere in the world, helping them to obtain their academic and athletic college goals. I also coach a varsity middle school girls basketball team at a local private school. I have been married for almost 13 years and have twokids, a nine year old boy, Lloyd and a four year old girl, Deni.
With coaching the middle school team, what things have you brought with you from Duke that you use these days coaching your team?
The practice drills mostly and I remind them that I have them do the exact same things that I did. I also do the drills with them so that helps them understand what to do.
What was your experience like being on the first NCAA Final Four team at Duke?
It was a great experience, nothing that I could have imagined. I remember being very excited but also very tired. Random people were asking all sorts of questions and wanting to take pictures. The funniest part was going to class the next day after coming home from Greensboro. One of my engineering classmates asked if we could skip class that day to celebrate the victory and the professor said that if the players are in class then you should be too and pointed at me. I think that was the first time that many of them new that I was even on the basketball team!
You were selected in the 2000 WNBA Draft by the Charlotte Sting. How was that experience?
My experience was probably slightly different than most as I just had reconstructive surgery on my knee two weeks before the draft so I was not sure if I was going to get drafted at all. I got tested in Chicago based on my recovery time and general statistics, height, weight etc. I didn't even watch the draft so oddly enough I found out that I was drafted from my teammates the following day.
Did you ever play overseas and if so, where and what was that like?
Not professionally, but as part of the U.S. Junior National team, yes. After leaving the Olympic Training Center, we toured and played in various East Asian countries for just under three weeks.
Have you been able to keep in touch with many former teammates/coaches?
Yes, luckily since I am still in the area as are several others, we are able to get together from time to time.
Since you live around the area, do you get a chance to come to many games?
I usually try to get to at least two games a year if I can, the hardest part is scheduling around my kids activities.
Each summer, you continue to come back and work DWB camp, how is that each year?
LOL, yes, I take vacation from normal work to work camp. I have a lot of fun doing it and it is a great reminder of how and why I fell in love with the game of basketball.
Since leaving Duke, who are a few DWB players you have enjoyed watching play?
I am partial to the post players, but I can't really say that I have a favorite. Unfortunately, I still watch the game with a critical eye as if I am crafting a scouting report. I have a tendency to notice everyone's strengths and weaknesses.
Do you get a chance to play basketball any these days?
I play now and again, but mostly with either my kids or with the kids that I am coaching.
When looking back on your days at Duke, what are some of your favorite memories?
My favorite memories usually revolve around the team being on the road. Crazy things that happened on the bus or at the airport. My most vivid memories are mostly around preseason training though. I always found out more about my teammates during that time, the good, the bad and the ugly. It was during those tough times that one could see the team to come together each year and that is why I remember it the most.
Have you developed any new hobbies, etc., that you are involved with these days?
I have gotten into construction and home remodeling. I started small and slowly progressed into building decks and renovating bathrooms, plumbing and all. It may not be too much of a stretch since I am an engineer, but I find it fun!