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After serving as the head girls basketball coach at his alma mater Lafayette High School for two seasons, Chris Brown is stepping away to take on new, bigger challenges in his professional and coaching career.
On Monday, Brown took to social media to announce his hiring as the new athletic director and boys basketball coach at Williamsburg Christian Academy.
“I love WCA having spent five years there, having both my son and my daughter go to school and get a great educational foundation there,” Brown said. “They definitely enjoyed the sports programs that were developing. [Williamsburg Christian Academy and I] just got into communication and one thing led to another.”
Brown will take over the athletic director and boys head basketball coaching duties from Chris Gann, who filled the roles after Williamsburg Christian Academy eliminated the full-time athletic director position due to budgetary constraints in October.
Brown will be the school’s first full-time athletic director since the October changes.
An assistant athletic director at Walsingham Academy in 2006, Brown said he thinks his prior athletics experience, combined with his business background, makes him a suitable candidate to fill the position.
And while Brown will be saddled with more responsibilities at Williamsburg Christian Academy, he believes he is up to the challenge.
“It’s a lot to get your arms around. You’re not just focusing on basketball, you have all the different sports programs. It’s going to be a great thing,” he said.
One of the biggest projects Brown could oversee as athletic director is the implementation of the inaugural Williamsburg Christian Academy football program, which is slated to begin in 2018. Before that comes to fruition, Brown said his main focus is shoring up the existing programs and promoting their growth.
“We’re just going to continue to develop good young men and women on and off the field,” he said. “I always try to win championships, but I also just want to have a solid program that sends great kids into the community and on to college. We want it to be a very competitive place to stop and play.”
From a coaching standpoint, Brown will be inheriting a strong boys basketball team at Williamsburg Christian Academy, which is coming off an appearance in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division III Boys State Basketball Tournament semifinals.
The Eagles will return their top four players from last year – Xavier Green, Mike Duncan, Andre Brown and Ryan Flanagan – all of whom will be seniors during the 2015-16 season. Having worked at Williamsburg Christian Academy for five years from 2009 to 2013 as an assistant girls basketball coach, Brown said he knows most of the players he will be inheriting and has even coached some on the AAU circuit.
A 1984 Lafayette alumnus, walking away from his alma mater proved a bittersweet experience. Especially difficult was breaking the news to his Lafayette girls basketball team Monday evening.
“They gave me their unwavering support,” Brown said of his Lafayette girls basketball team. “We cried some tears because we love each other, and we made a pact as a person in the community that I’m still going to be supporting those girls. … I’m always going to be pulling for the Lafayette Rams.”