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The carousal of football coaches at Jamestown High seems to have come to a halt.
Last Tuesday, the Williamsburg-James City County School Board approved Donnell Brown as the new head football coach at Jamestown High more than a month removed from Rodney Redd rescinding his acceptance of the position.
“The Jamestown community was always one that was held to very high standards, both in the classroom and on the football field,” Brown said. “When I met with the administrator and the athletic director, it reaffirmed those beliefs I already had. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to lead the program.”
Brown, a captain for James Madison University’s football team in 2010, has coached high school football since 2011.
After graduating from JMU, Brown coached running backs, full backs and defensive ends for Broadway High School. After his one-season stint at Broadway, Brown accepted an assistant coaching position at Hickory High School as a tight ends and linebackers coach, as well as an assistant strength and conditioning coach.
In 2013, Brown became the head coach of the Hickory High junior varsity football team while serving as the offensive coordinator for the varsity team, a role he held until he accepted the Jamestown head coaching position.
Despite limited head coaching experience, Jamestown’s future athletic director Kenneth Edwards, who will take over the position in July, said Brown’s long-term visions for a program that went winless last season made him worthy of the position.
“He’s got a lot of excitement about building the program and a vision for where he sees the program down the road,” Edwards said of Brown, who will also teach special education students at Jamestown. “That’s what made him an attractive candidate, that he had a long-range vision for the program.”
Brown’s vision does not include a drastic shift in wins and losses in the short term, instead opting to focus on the basics for a Jametsown team that was held winless last season.
“I believe the long-term vision, we want to be a very successful program that year-in and year-out is competing for the playoffs and also competing for state championship,” he said. “In order to achieve those things, we have to play the game the right way. That’s daily progress – trying to win the day, trying to get better each day, focusing on the fundamentals. Hopefully focusing on those little things will make the big things easier to attain.”
Ultimately, Brown hopes to help the Eagles football program reach the levels of success for which Jamestown’s other programs are known.
“I believe sports play off each other,” he said. “Sports create momentum. It creates momentum in the school system, it creates momentum in the community, it creates momentum in the administration and staff. Feeding off what the other sports have already done, I think its a positive going into the football system. I believe that we’re taking one step at a time, one day at a time. One day we can get up to the level that those other sports are at.”