LYNN HAVEN — Jeremy Brown has come home.
The former Jefferson County head football coach was named to the same position at Mosley on Monday. Brown takes over for Perry Brown, who spent eight years at the Lynn Haven school and was forced to sit out one year as a state regulation related to the DROP program.
Jeremy Brown, 38, spent three seasons at Jefferson County in Monticello, leading the Tigers to the inaugural Rural Class 1A state championship in 2011. He attended Rutherford and played varsity football for two seasons. When his father, Jerry, left Rutherford, where he had been head coach, Jeremy Brown transferred to Bay for his senior year and played for the Tornadoes before graduating in 1992.
“I’m excited to be back here,” Jeremy Brown said. “As a Bay County person, I’m glad to stand on this side and not have to play Mosley anymore. I want to come in here and carry on the foundation that coach Brown has set.”
The elder Brown led Mosley to two playoff trips in his first two seasons. The Dolphins routinely were among the best in the county under Perry Brown and Jeremy Brown said he kept a keen eye on football in the area.
He’s familiar with Bay and coach Jimmy Longerbeam, having played the Tornadoes in the regular season in each of the past two seasons. Jeremy Brown charted Bozeman’s progress as a potential late playoff opponent and has kept tabs on Rutherford and Arnold’s improvement.
“I think being from here is going to be a huge advantage,” he said. “Bay County has had teams where it was really, really good and times when it wasn’t. I think we might be on an upswing.”
Jeremy Brown had stints as an assistant coach at Sarasota Booker and Venice for a combined nine years, winning a state title as an assistant with the latter in his second season. He took over the Jefferson County head coaching role in his first year at the school when former Rutherford standout Willie Spears left unexpectedly for another job.
The team reached the 1A state semifinals in 2010 while recording a 10-3-1 record and the next year was 9-5 and won the 1A title over Chipley. Jefferson County had a 3-8 record and was defeated 31-21 by Trenton in the regional semifinal last season.
Mosley Athletic Director Danny Nagy said he received 62 resumes for the position. A seven-person committee narrowed the field to four finalists.
“It took a lot of hours to find a great coach to lead Mosley,” Nagy said. “He has a lot of character building in his programs. That’s what we’ll see here.”
Jeremy Brown met briefly with his new team on Monday. He liked the energy he saw early and said players are eager to work in the weight room.
“Our goal is to get better every day,” he said. “On the second day we want to be better than the first.”
He said Mosley will employ a base I-formation with some Spread offense mixed in. He runs a hybrid 3-4 defense that’s predicated on speed and athletic defensive linemen.
All head football coaches in the county are hired to administrative positions. He will earn $58,514 based on his three years’ experience as a head coach in Florida.
Perry Brown future: Outgoing Mosley coach Perry Brown, 57, is in the final year of his state mandatory retirement period and said Monday he cannot be employed by any school in Florida next school year.
“I’ve entertained the thought, possibly, depending what and where, of coaching in Alabama or Georgia,” Brown said. “Right now I’m leaning more to taking the year off. But if something good came up, a school not too far away I might entertain the idea.”
Brown and his wife have purchased a home on Deer Point Lake. He said they plan to continue living in Bay County. He didn’t dismiss the idea of taking a coordinator or other assistant coaching position outside of Florida, and said he would like to continue in coaching.
“I’ve had some people tell me that when I’m retired and if I’m off a year I won’t want to do it again,” Brown said. “But I might” come back as an assistant. “Then you’re kind of freed up, and if I do want to could come back home.
“If you’re a head coach it’s a year-round thing. As an assistant you can do the football, but when it’s over can go about your business.”
Brown spent five years as an assistant football coach and has been a head coach for 30 years. He spent the last eight of them at Mosley and will remain on staff at the school until June 30. — Pat McCann