Allen Brown resigns as THS football coach
Allen Brown has resigned as the head football coach of Thomasville High School.
Athletic director Steve Bare said Tuesday that Brown tendered his resignation with the intent to spend more time with his family.
"I can confirm that coach Brown has decided to step away officially," Bare said. "His decision was made last Friday night. It was not in response to the season or the team. His grandchildren are getting older, and he wants to spend a lot more time with them. I genuinely believe that's something he wants to do."
According to Bare, Brown was unhappy with his inability to interact regularly with the students and felt the disconnect became too much to overcome.
"Being outside the building was difficult," Bare said. "Not being in the day-to-day operation of the school day was an obstacle that had become more significant this season."
Assistant coach Dickie Cline's position at the school remains uncertain and will be announced at a later date. A decision regarding Brown's successor is not expected before Jan. 2.
"I still enjoy coaching, so whether it will be here or somewhere else, I can't really say what I want to do," Cline said. "As far as the possibility of me coaching next year, I'm still considering that."
The school has seen a dramatic transformation over the last six months. The retirement of longtime superintendent Keith Tobin and resignation of former athletic director Woody Huneycutt preceded the decision of the man Bare calls "the highest profile coach who has ever walked through these doors."
Brown retired in 1999 before returning to the school as head coach in 2007. He served as defensive coordinator under son Benjie Brown, as the two won three consecutive state titles from 2004-06. Brown concludes his tenure at Thomasvile with an all-time record of 331-100-2, winning four state championships as the head man.
"There's no way to quantify how much he has done for our school system, not just our football program," Bare said. "I had a chance to work on his staff as an assistant coach for three years. Of the five coaches I've worked for, his acumen for the game, understanding of people, ability to put his hand on the pulse of individuals in the middle of a ball game is unmatched. He was incredible as a coach and mentor to me."
Bare said the focus of the program will be to honor the legacy of Brown. Applications for the head coaching vacancy will be received through the month of December. Interviews for the position will be held after Jan. 2, when students and staff return to campus.
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