As soon as it was announced that Livonia High School offensive coordinator Marc Brown was the new head football coach/athletic director at Class 1A East Iberville, Brown was ready for the obvious question: Why?
To Brown, it’s all about timing.
“I just feel like I’m ready to make that next step to be a head coach,” he said Monday. “And I think it’s the right time and a great opportunity.”
Brown, who helped Livonia to the Class 3A football title in December, takes on one of the Baton Rouge area’s toughest rebuilding jobs. EIHS hasn’t won since October 2012 and typically has had squads of 25 players or fewer.
The history and numbers don’t bother Brown, who spent two years as an assistant at Brusly before moving to Livonia. The 39-year-old also had stints as an offensive coordinator at Scotlandville, Baker and McKinley.
Brown replaces John Young, who was informed he would not be retained last week. Young, a former LSU lineman, was head coach/AD for three seasons.
“When I look at East Iberville, I see potential,” Brown said. “Everyone knows there are talented athletes. It’s just a matter of getting more of them to play football. Understand that this is not (Class) 5A or 4A. If we can get a squad of 30 to 35 players on a consistent basis, we should be fine. Iberville Parish has done a great job with facility upgrades, which should give us what we need to work with.”
Iberville Parish Athletic Director Paul Distefano, also the Plaquemine High football coach, called the hiring of Brown “huge.”
“This is a great hire — not only for East Iberville but also for the parish,” he said.