Batesburg-Leesville football coach Jerry Brown resigns

04/23/2014 10:02 PM

04/23/2014 10:02 PM

Five months after leading Batesburg-Leesville to the Class 2A Division II state championship, Jerry Brown has resigned as football coach effective at the end of the 2014 school year.

The Panthers won one game the year before Brown arrived in 2012. He improved them to 5-6 his first season before guiding Batesburg-Leesville to a state title with a 12-2 record.

Brown decided to step away after two years but did say he wants to remain in coaching.

“When I got back into coaching two years ago, I just wanted to be a head coach,” Brown said when reached Wednesday afternoon. “What ended up happening because of position restrictions and limitations, I ended up being the head coach, the offensive coordinator and the defensive coordinator. That took its toll, especially last year. I couldn’t afford to go through the same thing again. It was too much for me.”

Brown, a Winnsboro native, has found success at every stop along his career. He won a state championship with Spring Valley in 1988 before leading Berkeley to Class 4A state titles in 1994, 1996 and 2009.

He got out of coaching at the end of 2010 and spent one season as athletics director at Fairfield Central. The Spring Valley job remains open after the resignation of Miles Aldridge last month, and Brown has inquired about that position.

“I’m exploring other coaching opportunities where I can get into a position where I have a defensive coordinator and somebody to share the load there,” Brown said. “I did speak with Spring Valley, but nothing has come out of that yet.”

Brown did speak highly of his two seasons with the Panthers.

“Batesburg-Leesville is a great place with some fine young people,” Brown said. “I will miss them. They did everything I asked. It was tough, but at the same time it was a tough position I was in.”

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