Thursday, November 5, 2009
Brown resigns as Holly High coach
Cliff Brown resigned Monday as head football coach of the Holly Springs High School Hawks after five years in the position.
He is also stepping down as head weight lifting coach – a program he implemented at the high school level – and as head coach of a state-placing varsity track team.
Brown was the first head coach in the history of Holly High to lead his team to victory in a football playoff game. That came in his first season at the helm in 2005. The Hawks also made the playoffs in 2006 and 2008 before going 0-11 this season.
Brown said he has helped more players earn college football scholarships than any other coach at Holly High. Among his accomplishments are 18 student-athlete scholarship opportunities, not including this season; 13 regional weightlifting qualifiers; three state qualifiers in weightlifting, including a bronze medalist; four consecutive district varsity track championships and one district runner-up; two gold medalists at state; three silver medalists and five bronze medalists participating in state varsity track championships.
Asked why he has chosen to leave his head coaching positions, Brown said, “I did it for the kids. I’ve always done what was best for the children. I’ll continue mentoring in a teaching capacity.
“I’m just tired of the politics and injustice. This was a trying season in and out of the classroom.
“This was a rebuilding season despite many successes over the years and people need to understand that winning teams and programs are not made in one season. When your season is up you know it.”
Coach Brown said he will miss the opportunity to get to know the young men on and off the field.
As far as what is next for Coach Brown, he left with these words by Bill Cosby – “Your desire to succeed has to be greater than your fear of failure.”
Brown said, “I’ll continue to strive for success in the classroom as well as out of the classroom.”
He teaches health and physical education at the junior high school.
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