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Eagles’ JV basketball coach moves up to Central’s varsity program

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By Shug Haigler

Central High School announced last week that Charles Brown will become the head coach of the Eagles’ basketball team. He will replace retiring coach Mike Connelley, who has led the Eagles for the last five years. Brown has been the junior varsity basketball coach for the past four years, as well as an assistant varsity coach.
Brown played high school basketball at Berkeley High School in Moncks Corner and Spartanburg Methodist College. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Coastal Carolina University and his MBA at Webster University. He teaches marketing and marketing management, sports and entertainment management, digital desktop publishing and integrated business applications at Central. He and his wife, Sharrel, have two children, Leah and Kaleb.
“I would like to thank the administrators for this opportunity,” Brown said. “I would also like to thank the Pageland/Jefferson/Mount Croghan communities for embracing me these past few years. I seek God, love my family and dedicate myself to the things I choose. I want my players to understand how focus, discipline and work enable attainment of any goal they set for themselves.”
“Coach Brown will be a great addition to our varsity boys’ basketball program,” said Dr. Judd Starling, Central High principal. “He has worked with our JV and varsity programs for several years and he brings a high level of energy and knowledge to our program. I am excited to see him continue to work with our young men and take the program to the next level.”
“Coach Brown is a tremendous asset to Central and we look forward to him leading our varsity boys’ program,” said athletic director Mitch Leaird. “He has coached with Mike Connelley for several years and is ready to get to work with our players this summer with workouts. We return most of our team from last year, including some key rising juniors and seniors, so the future of our basketball program looks very good right now.”
“I hope to build and sustain a program that enables my student athletes to excel in the classroom and on the court,” Brown said. “I want my players to graduate from high school and give themselves options post high school so they are leaving a legacy for future student athletes to follow.”