- George Becnel
- March 19, 2018 - 12:05pm
Former East St. John player Brandon Brown has expressed strong interest in the head football coaching position with the Wildcats.
Brown is fresh off of leading St. Helena College and Career Academy to a Class 2A state final appearance where the Hawks lost to Welsh 38-26.
“I’m very interested in the job,” Brown said. “I’m very elated just for my name to come up with a job like East St. John. I think East St. John is one of the top programs in the state of Louisiana. I’m definitely going to look into it and throw my name into the hat.”
“We would be proud to have one of our former East St. John Wildcat apply for the position,” said Kevin George, Superintendent of St. John the Baptist Schools. “It’s a wide-open position. Since the news has broken, my phone has been inundated with possible candidates but I have met Coach Brown a few times and I know his team was very successful. We would be pleased to have him apply for the position just as we would any successful coach.”
East St. John is beginning a search to replace Alden Foster, who was dismissed as coach last Friday.
“The goal is to begin advertising as soon as possible,” George said. “Then, we will have a committee together to begin bringing in guys to see who will be the next coach of the East St. John Wildcats. The plan is to have that person named before spring so that we can do some different things.
“In the meantime, the kids are participating in weightlifting and the offseason program will continue and once the next coach is named, he will take over from there.”
Being an alumnus, Brown said he is well aware of the East St. John culture.
“Walking those hallways, I think I can relate to the kids in a different way from anyone else,” he said. “Not only on the football field, but East St. John in general has had the Ryan Perrillouxs, the Roydell Williams, the Gerald Williams, all those guys walked those hallways and that’s the culture there. We need to get that back.
“We need to get to a situation, not only people in the River Parishes understand the culture and know what’s going on at East St. John, but I think this is a job the entire state needs to take notice of. That’s one of my goals – to put the program back on the map.
Brown has posted a five-year record of 36-25 at St. Helena with his Hawks improving their record in each of the years he has been at the helm.
Taking over a program that had a total of four wins in the three seasons prior to his arrival, Brown’s first squad at St. Helena posted a 2-9 mark in 2013.
His 2014 Hawks went 3-8 and St. Helena improved to 8-3 the following season.
St. Helena went 11-2 in 2016, losing to Madison Prep 31-6 in the semifinals.
“We just came in with a blue-collar attitude. That goes back to my days at East St. John. My coaches instilled in me a work ethic that is second to none.
“It was what I wanted to implement there (at St. Helena). It started in the classroom with our discipline. We do things a certain way here. We track kids academically. We track their attendance in the classroom and I told them we would win there first and it would carry over onto the field. That’s exactly what happened.”
After graduating from East St. John, Brown went on to play football at Alcorn State.
Following college, he spent seven years as defensive coordinator at Columbus High in Columbus, Miss.