News-Sun photo by ED BALDRIDGE Avon Park's new head football coach, Lee Brown, was introduced Friday morning.
published: Sunday, February 12, 2012
Red Devils select new head coach
By ED BALDRIDGE
AVON PARK -- The Red Devils hired a new coach last week, seeking talent from the Midwest to fill the top gridiron slot.
Lee Brown, a graduate from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO, comes to Avon Park with a lot of enthusiasm.
"It is about playing to the talents. I am very excited about the opportunity to coach here. There are a lot more opportunities in Florida than in the Midwest and I really want to thank everyone on the selection committee," Brown said.
That excitement has already carried over into the community, according to Avon Park Athletic Director Mort Jackson.
"The kids are really excited and I am really excited," he said. "They are even talking about him in the middle school."
And the proof is in the numbers, according to Brown.
"We had 97 players at the team meeting, and my goal was 100 for the spring season. We now have 111 signed up for spring, so we had to adjust our goal to 120 players," Brown said. "Avon Park has a tremendous amount of history and tradition. We can build on that."
Brown's approach to football coaching has already led to two state championships, one in 1987 as offensive coordinator and one in 2008 as head coach during his 25-year term in Missouri high schools.
"It's about playing to their strengths," Brown said about his offensive philosophy. "We will try to convert a lot of the energy here into restoring the glory Avon Park had in 1987-88."
"I will make some changes to position after we evaluate the strengths. At this level, you have to play them where their strengths lie," Brown said. "We will challenge them horizontally and vertically on offense. Out number them at the point of attack and put our best guy on their worst guy"
Defensively, Brown looks to bring the crowd to their feet on every play.
"Fronts, stunts and blitz," he said. "We will excite the crowd with high energy play. You will notice them on their feet a lot."
"Again, it is playing the player to his strength to strengthen our weaknesses. We will have to have a lot of flexibility, creativity and ability," Brown said about the upcoming spring season.
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