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For the first time in nearly 40 seasons, a Brown wonâ€™t be on the sideline as a coach for the Maiden football team next season.
Brian Brown resigned as the head football coach of the Blue Devils on Monday.
Brown held a meeting Monday with his players and coaches to announce the decision.
â€śI said when I took this job that I didnâ€™t know how long Iâ€™d be doing it,â€ť Brown said in a phone interview. â€śI just think itâ€™s time. I just have some other things I want to do.â€ť
Brown, a former player at Maiden, spent 13 seasons as a member of the Blue Devilsâ€™ coaching staff.
He was hired in 2008 to replace his hall of fame father, Tom, as head coach.
In four seasons at the helm, Brown guided the Blue Devils to a 22-18 record, including four playoff appearances.
Brownâ€™s teams steadily got better during his tenure, going from 6-6 in both 2008 and 2009 to 8-4 in 2010 to 9-5 this season.
With the help of a strong offense led by seniors in quarterback Matt Johnson and running back Will Jenkins, Maiden went on its longest postseason run under Brown this year.
That ended Friday with a 34-21 loss to Lincolnton.
â€śI think the program is in good shape,â€ť Brown said. â€śThe junior varsity had a good year. Varsity had a good year. There are a lot of good players coming back.â€ť
A search is currently under way for the next Maiden football coach.
â€śIâ€™m sure they will start a search and do what they have to do to find the right person,â€ť Brown said.