Brusly High hired Marc Brown as its football coach Tuesday.
The move is a reversal of field for the 39-year-old Brown, who was hired to be East Iberville’s head coach in March. He spent the 2014 season as the offensive coordinator for Class 3A state champion Livonia after being an assistant at Brusly, another 3A school, in 2012-13.
“If it had been any other school, I’m not sure I’d consider it or do it,” Brown said. “This is just too good of an opportunity. I live in Brusly and worked with most of these guys before when I was an assistant here.
“I’d like to thank the folks in Iberville Parish for giving me the opportunity to be at East Iberville. They worked with me on getting things I needed. I couldn’t pass this one (job) up.”
Brown was one of 15 applicants for the job that opened up earlier this month when Erik Willis opted to move to another Iberville school, Plaquemine, as an assistant. Principal Walt Lemoine and Athletic Director Tait Dupont said eight coaches interviewed for the job before Brown was selected.
“It comes down to the right fit,” Dupont said. “Marc is the right fit for us. He’s knows most of the players.”
Lemoine added, “He (Brown) has a relationship with our players and also with our faculty. He’s a guy we think can bring a lot of energy to the program.”
A 1998 graduate of Southern University, Brown spent two years each at Scotlandville, Redemptorist and Baker and also coached at McKinley. He said there will be changes for the Panthers, including a spread-option offense and a 4-4/4-2-5 defensive combination.
“The cupboard isn’t bare,” Brown said. “I think we’ve got the opportunity to do some good things.”