Sharks look within to name Brown interim football coach

SJHS SharksSt. James High will introduce its next head football coach today, and the Sharks didn’t have to look very far to find him.

After an exhaustive search yielded no takers for the school vacant job, St. James has decided to name Robby Brown, a former assistant and current teacher on staff, its interim football coach.

The former Carolina Forest and Conway assistant, Brown was selected the Sharks’ interim head football coach despite being away from the gridiron for one year.

Brown, who works at St. James in 2012 as a science teacher, was asked to assume the role on an interim basis after the top three candidates withdrew their names from consideration last week.

Brown replaces outgoing coach Mark Fischer, who resigned after three losing seasons at the school. It was unclear whether Brown will lead the team into the 2014 season or if he will simply oversee the program until another search is conducted.

Brown is no stranger to the interim role. In 2004, he stepped in for former Carolina Forest coach Doc Davis during his active duty military service in the Iraq War. Brown went 9-4 with the Panthers in Davis’ absence but left the next season to serve as Conway’s offensive coordinator for seven years. He spent one season as an assistant for the Sharks but stepped away from the sidelines after the 2012 season.

“Coach Brown came highly recommended by the staff and assistant coaches,” St. James athletics director Paula Lee said in a press release. “He is a very positive role model; a great family man with a great deal of integrity and character, a terrific classroom teacher, and has a wealth of knowledge with a successful background of football coaching experience at various levels. Mr. Brown has been an offensive and defensive coordinator, offensive line coach, and has extensive experience as a weight training instructor. He has all the attributes to be a successful leader and coach at St. James High. We are ecstatic to have him as the Sharks Interim Head Football Coach.”

St. James has yet to have a winning season since the school opened a decade ago.

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