Blue Devils' Brown resigns

For the first time in nearly 40 seasons, a Brown won’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.

“I said when I took this job that I didn’t know how long I’d be doing it,” Brown said in a phone interview. “I just think it’s time. I just have some other things I want to do.”

Brown, a former player at Maiden, spent 13 seasons as a member of the Blue Devils’ 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.

Brown’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.

“I think the program is in good shape,” Brown said. “The junior varsity had a good year. Varsity had a good year. There are a lot of good players coming back.”

A search is currently under way for the next Maiden football coach.

“I’m sure they will start a search and do what they have to do to find the right person,” Brown said.