Earl Brown’s coaching accomplishments have been well documented. Brown also has been a mentor to thousands of youths in more than 40 years as a high school coach and teacher.
On Thursday, he received the Youth Mentoring Award from the Charleston Exchange Club. Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley also proclaimed it “Earl Brown Day.”
“It was a great experience to know that others noticed what you do and saw the positives that come out of it,” Brown said. “There are some folks who appreciate what you do, despite the naysayers.”
The 66-year-old Brown has spent 44 years as a basketball coach, including 40 as a head coach. He coached at Burke High School from 1982 through 2012. He became only the third coach in state history to reach 700 career victories in 2011. He has 732 victories to date.
He is now the head coach at Baptist Hill, where he led the Bobcats to a 15-5 record and the Region 6-A championship last season. He also coached football at Burke and led the Bulldogs to numerous region titles.
Brown’s worth to the community hit a peak in the summer of 2011 when he was told he was being replaced as the head coach at Burke.
The community rallied around Brown, with Sen. Robert Ford and Rep. Wendell Gilliard leading the charge to reinstate Brown.
“We’re going to bat for Earl Brown,” Ford said in an interview when Brown was relieved of his duties. “We want him to be at Burke as long as he is healthy and has the energy. He provides something no one else can. He’s a great role model for our young men.”
Richard Hubbard, who was the medalist at the Class AAA state match, has been named the SCISA golfer of the year.
Local players who were selected to the SCISA all-state team include R.J. Bartolomucci, Hilton Head Christian; Mitchell Campbell, Hilton Head Prep; Katelyn Dambaugh, Pinewood Prep; Christopher Demarco, Palmetto Christian; Robert Ferira, Porter-Gaud; J.D. Lehman, Hilton Head Christian; Bryson Nimmer, Hilton Head Christian; Evan Rodwell, First Baptist; Jonathan Schuble, Hilton Head Christian; and Woody Woodward, Hilton Head Prep.
Ashley Hall standout Walker Buxton signed to play volleyball at Sewanee next year. She has played on the varsity team for three years and has earned numerous all-tournament and all-state honors.
Local wrestling All-Americans
Several wrestlers from the Lowcountry fared well at the recent NHSCA Nationals in Virginia Beach, Va.
Local wrestlers who earned All-America status include Hanahan senior J.J. Johnson, Cane Bay sophomore Matt Rudy, and Fort Dorchester freshman A.J. Alford. Jacob D’Ambrosio of Cane Bay was named a Middle School All-American.
Gators’ Pringle signs
Goose Creek girls basketball standout Sahara Pringle recently signed to play at Converse College in Spartanburg.
Pringle averaged 4.6 points and 1.6 rebounds for the Gators, who went 20-5.