Board looks to replace hoops coach at McLouth
McLouth High is looking for a new boys basketball coach.
The school board does not plan to renew the coaching contract for Chad Brown, the Bulldogs coach since 2002, MHS athletics director Tom Pierce said Monday.
¢ The following is the MHS boys basketball coach's record at McLouth:
"He's not going to be coaching basketball next year," Pierce said. "That is true."
Although the board has not taken any official action regarding Brown's coaching contract, Pierce said board members and administrators have agreed the district will not renew Brown's contract. It's likely the board will vote on the issue in May, Pierce said.
Brown began coaching at McLouth in 2002. He was McLouth's seventh coach in as many years, but established stability in coaching four years at MHS.
His first season, the Bulldogs went 8-13, a noticeable improvement from the previous season, when MHS went 3-17 overall and 0-9 in the Delaware Valley League.
In his next three seasons, though, Brown's teams won only a combined 13 games.
This season, the Bulldogs went 5-16, but nearly upset Wellsville in the first round of Class 3A substate action.
Brown said the Bulldogs played their best game of the season in that last game, a sign the team was continuing to make progress.
He said he was surprised his contract wouldn't be renewed, saying he had not been led to believe previously that there was any concern or problems with his coaching.
"What we accomplished here made for some good stability," Brown said. "I know it didn't come in the win department, but we had a lot of success in what we built."
And this season, Brown thought his team "was starting to have a better understanding of things" in the final six or seven games.
"I thought we laid some positive groundwork," Brown said.
Brown also was encouraged by an increase in boys participating in basketball during his time at MHS.
When he arrived, 13 boys were out for basketball. Since then, numbers have increased to between 26 and 34 each year, Brown said. When Brown came to McLouth, the squad didn't have a freshman squad.
Now, the program has full varsity, junior varsity and freshman squads.
Pierce said the school has started advertising for a new coach, but is the preliminary stages of its search.
Brown also is an English teacher at the high school.
He said that his teaching contract was not discussed when he was told his coaching contract would not be renewed. Brown is tenured, having taught at McLouth for four years.
Before that, he worked for eight years in the Topeka school district -- four years as a paraprofessional and four years as a teacher.