Coach’s Spotlight: Jimmy Brown

Khadija Ahmed, Staff Writer

Coach Jimmy Brown is the current girls’ varsity basketball coach. He grew up in Salisbury, Maryland and went to Georgia Southern University. Brown is married to his wife Megan, and they have 11-year-old Vince, 5-year-old Maddy, and 4-year-old Bridget.

How did you discover your interest in sports?
My father played for the Packers under Vince Lombardi and played for the Washington Senators in baseball. He also ran a youth sports program for 40 years, so I grew up around sports.

What other schools have you previously worked at?
At Georgia Southern, I worked for the men’s basketball team for two years, then moved up to work at Bishop O’Connell and Joe Wootten for two years before taking over the girls program at O’Connell for eight years.

How do you handle the discipline of players?
Most of the time the girls know what to expect, so we have not had to do much. The girls at this school are pretty solid, nice girls. But we do try to treat everyone equally in that respect. If you’re late, you run. Being on time is very important in life.

What advice do you have for your players regarding the balance of athletics and academics?
The education will help you long past playing b-ball. It’s tough at times to balance both, but playing a sport prepares you for life. A job, kids, free time in the real world you have to learn to balance so this is great practice for it.

What are your goals for the team this year?
The goal never changes, we want to win a state title and a conference title. We want to peak in mid-January.