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Brown named East Lee’s new head football coach

March 14, 2018
By ERIC DeVAUX ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The East Lee County High School's varsity football team has a new man at the helm who brings a new philosophy to succeed in the coming seasons.

Johnny Brown has been named the new head coach of the Jaguars and has an extensive history in football in Lee County.

In 2016, he was the defensive back coach at Lehigh Senior High School and he was head coach at Gateway Charter High School from 2012 to 2015.

With the experience he has gotten in Lee County, Brown brings is own philosophy on the game.

"My philosophy is to coach, to teach and to mentor beyond expectations," Brown said.

After a long selection process that finally came down to two coaches from eight, Brown was ecstatic the he got the call.

"I was excited," Brown said. "We were actually at the school. It was after school hours and they called me into the main office and I sat down and talked to the principal."

Brown also has a professional relationship with the athletic director at the school, William Hagan.

"I've known him for a few years," Brown said. "It's somebody that I know he is for the kids and that is something that will help me achieve the success that we want."

He has already met his players at a Q and A session.

"I see kids with the desire to be better," Brown said, "want better. They are ready to remove any doubt from people within the community, school and the other football programs."

Brown is originally from Fort Myers.

"I love our area," Brown said. "I love the kids in the community that I have been a part of."

There are around 60 athletes who want to make the cut. There is still about 30-40 players coming back from last year.

"I haven't met everybody just yet," Brown said.

Not only is he head coach, Brown will also primarily run the offense.

"I love calling offense," Brown said. "As a position coach, I'll be coaching quarterbacks."

Brown has no interest in moving anytime soon.

"This is where I feel I can be for a long time," Brown said.



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