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Kingstree High School

Brown still building Kingstree football program

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Kingstree—It has been a steady rebuilding job for Earl Brown, II, as he continues to turn the Kingstree football team into a winner.  He has begun to see returns on the investment he started in 2016, but still knows there is a lot more to be done.

“I approached this job in a realistic fashion.  I knew it was going to be rough, but I knew we were going to improve every year.  We have done that, and this summer has been no different,” Brown said.  “We are definitely on the up and up.  These kids have been with me for three years and understand my philosophy and how I operate.  They know what I expect.  We’re moving in the right direction and a lot of folks in the community have noticed.”

Brown will call the offensive plays and coach the wide receivers this fall.  Joining him on staff is defensive coordinator Wendell Haynes (also works with linebackers) and offensive line coach/special teams coordinator Andre Duncan.

Calvin McClary (running backs/defensive backs), Diallo Cooper (quarterbacks), Sharvis Graham (offensive line), Derrick Weeks (defensive line), Burnett Pendergrass (defensive line), and Leroy White (linebackers) are the rest of the assistant coaches.

“We’ve had some changes, but for the most part my coaches have been with me since day one.  That chemistry is still developing.  Our motto is ‘Trust the process and defend the program.’  Without a shadow of a doubt, all my coaches do that.  Everybody is on the same page,” Brown said.

As far as the rest of the athletic department goes, no new head coaches have been hired this offseason.  Shirley Madison will continue to coach volleyball and girls’ track, and Haynes will handle girls’ basketball. 

In the spring, Angie Owens and Anthony Kameron are in charge of softball and baseball, respectively.  Sheldon Clayton returns to boys’ track.

“Some of them are still learning what the grind of coaching is all about.  You have to put the time in and use days for development.  Those days have to be utilized and taken advantage of.  We’re not quite where I want us to be, but we’re getting there,” Brown said.

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