Football: MB hires Backus; Sharks’ Brown steps down

ccufoot-backuscelebrateOn a busy day for local football coaching news on Tuesday, Myrtle Beach added a well-known new assistant to its staff, while St. James reportedly lost its beloved head coach.

According to multiple media reports, Robby Brown stepped down after three seasons with the Sharks. Brown led St. James to its first-ever playoff victory and a school-best record of 7-5 in 2015, followed by a difficult winless season last year. The Sharks are seeking his replacement.

Meanwhile, the Myrtle Beach High football program didn’t have to look very far to find its latest addition to the coaching staff, and the Seahawks hope the former Coastal Carolina All-American linebacker can take the defense to the next level.

The 2015 Buck Buchanan finalist Quinn Backus was hired by the Seahawks to take over the secondary, a problematic position during Myrtle Beach’s late season fade on defense. After a 9-0 start, the Seahawks allowed 98 points in their final two games to exit the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.

Backus, a consensus All-American and the Big South Conference’s only three-time Defensive Player of the Year, finished his career as CCU’s and the Big South’s all-time leader with 243 solo tackles and nine forced fumbles, and second with 441 stops.

Backus signed a free agent contract with the Houston Texans last summer but did not land a spot on the roster.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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