Marc Brown recently resigned from the coaching staff at Brusly High School, but will reunite with a longtime colleague for his next post.
Brown will head to Livonia High School to work under former colleague Guy Mistretta, who took over the spot for the 3A school when David Brewerton accepted the head coaching spot at Zachary.
“It was hard to leave Brusly because it was like a second home to me,” said Brown, who spent two years at BHS. “Everyone over there was very good to me.”
Brown and Mistretta worked together during Mistretta’s days as head coach at Redemptorist High School.
“He and I worked very well together and I understand his system very well, so it’s a good fit,” Brown said. “I enjoyed Brusly, but the timing was right to go to Livonia.”
Brown, 38, will serve as offensive coordinator, the same post he held his two years at Brusly.
Head coach Erik Willis will take over as offensive coordinator.
“Mark’s stay at Brusly was the only two years I didn’t work as an offensive coordinator,” Willis said.
Brown also served as coach of the girls track team, which continued a gradual upward climb it started several years ago.
As for which he’ll miss most at Brusly, Brown was hard-pressed to pick one or the other.
“That’s a tough question,” he said. “Without question, I had some great times with the football program, but I also enjoyed the success we had in the track program.
“I guess I liked both about the same,” Brown said.
Brown said he’s not sure whether he will coach track at Livonia.
He considers the 2012 3A regional playoff thriller against Parkview Baptist his fondest memory from his years with the Panthers.
BHS led 28-18 going into the final quarter, but the Eagles scored 14 points the final quarter to stave off the Panthers.
“Even though we lost that game, it proved to be a turning point in the program at Brusly,” he said. “We proved we could play with the big boys.”
Parkview also defeated Livonia in that playoff run, en route to winning the 3A state title.
Brown considers former Panther quarterback Jay Christophe – a first-team 3A All-State player his senior year – the best quarterback he ever coached.
“He was outstanding,” Brown said. “He made my job easy.”
Brown also gave kudos to former quarterback Blake Manola, who took the QB spot after Christophe graduated.
“Blake was very good as well, and a lot of that may have been overshadowed because we were such a young team after Jay graduated,” Brown said.
Brown, a Baton Rouge native and graduate of Baker High School, also coached at Scotlandville and his alma mater.