Coach Profile: Blue Valley Asst. Brown 3/18
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Football teams aren’t led by a head coach they are led by coaching staffs. Whether it is four assistants at a small school or 10 at a Class 6 powerhouse, having a good coaching staff can be the key to winning games at every level.
At Blue Valley Head Coach Eric Driskell has a veteran staff that led the Tigers to the Class 5A state title in 2010. One of the main cogs of that wheel was Paul Brown.
Brown brings his vast experience to the Tigers as their quarterbacks coach. He has been on the staff at Blue Valley as an assistant under former coach Steve Rampy and last year for Driskell. Before that he has served as the head coach at Turner, Bishop Miege and Basehor-Linwood and he likes being a head coach and an assistant coach.
“The fun is working with kids and watching them grow or develop,” Brown said. “Whether you’re an assistant coach or head coach either way you work with kids and bring them joy and growth and development and that’s what you do it for.”
When Rampy left last season to become the offensive coordinator at Pittsburg State University Blue Valley didn’t miss a beat. Driskell, Brown and the rest of the staff had the Tigers where they normally are, in contention for a 5A state title.
“There are a lot of great staffs in the city and we have a really good staff,” Brown said. “It’s a football staff. They are guys who are football first. We all coach other things but football is our first love and so we have a great fun time working together and getting after it.”
Only a regular season loss to Gardner-Edgerton kept that from being a perfect season but Blue Valley was able to avenge its only loss with a semifinal win over the Trailblazers that sent the Tigers to the state title game.
“It would have been a little more enjoyable if we had won one more game,” Brown said jokingly. “It was a great year. We played against a great team in Gardner and we were lucky enough to get them the second time around. We just had a great group of players that we are going to miss a lot.”
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