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Brown returns as coach at McNairy
by Jeff York
Aug 06, 2014 | 26 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SELMER, Tenn. -- Former McNairy Central player and coach Brian Brown is returning home to coach the Bobcats boys basketball team.

Brown leaves Hardin County after three successful seasons to come back to his alma mater to coach this upcoming season.

Brown coached the Bobcats from 1987-1999 with a 272-90 overall record, the most wins ever for a Bobcats boys basketball coach. He led teams to seven regular-season district titles, six district tournament championships, three region tournament championships, six sub-state appearances, two sub-state championships and two state tournament appearances.

“I’m very excited about coming back to McNairy Central and I look forward to the challenge,” said Brown. “This is a good opportunity to build a program with the support of the community and school officials.”

He won six District Coach of the Year awards, six Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association Coach of the Year Awards, four Best of the West Coach of the Year Awards and one West Tennessee Coach of the Year Award. Brown was named West Tennessee Coach of the Year again in his second season at Hardin County.

Coach Brown turned the program around at Hardin Co. in a short time. The Tigers progressed from winning just one game combined in the two seasons prior to Brown’s arrival to sharing the first regular-season district championship in the modern era of basketball at the school.

“There is no quick fix involved in building a program,” commented Brown. “We are going to develop a culture of working hard and to try to get better every day. We want to work hard enough to be competitive every night.”

While Brown has retired as a full-time teacher, he will be on a 120-day contract and will have some teaching responsibilities at MCHS in addition to coaching.

“I want to ask the fans and community to be patient because there is a lot of youth in the program right now,” said Brown. “We will work as hard as possible to building a winning program at McNairy Central.”

The Bobcats have registered losing seasons in five of the past six with the lone winning season coming in 2011-2012. The ‘Cats have posted only one 20-win season since Brown left in 1999. Former coach Steve Forsythe’s Bobcats won 20 in 2006-2007. MCHS had nine 20-seasons under Brown, including a boys’ school record of 29 in ’88-89.

Brown, a ’77 graduate of MCHS, played basketball and baseball for the Bobcats. He twice was named an all-district player and was honorable mention all-state in basketball. He was an all-district baseball player and was named to the Who’s Who All-American Baseball team in 1977.

He finished with 1,126 career points in basketball and was voted Most Athletic in his senior class. He played collegiate basketball and baseball at Dyersburg St. CC. Brown was the class president his freshman and junior years at MCHS.
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