On August 20th, Dr. Clinton (Jerry) Brown, better known to most as “Coach”, spoke at The Hampton County Rotary Club meeting. Coach Brown came to Wade Hampton High School, in Varnville, SC, in May 2017, filling the roles of Head Football Coach and Athletic Director. Dr. Brown’s success on and off the field begins with great focus and preparation in the weight room. He builds on young men’s strength and character, as well as their drive to win. As he spoke, he shared his beliefs behind his successes. “I am not there to be their friend, but to help them build their strength to succeed on the field and in life”, he stated. Coach’s life lessons were not easy, as he struggled at a young age growing up without a father. However, this and other experiences have helped him better understand from where some of his students come from. Just as his high school football coach was an example to him, he works to be an example to his students.
While Dr. Brown gives a lot of credit to his wife, who stands by his side and supports his career, his faith in God is most important to him. It is apparent Coach’s faith follows him onto the field and throughout his career. He explains, “You must be prepared if you expect to go to Heaven, just as you must be prepared if you expect to win a ballgame”.
Within a week after speaking to our club, Dr. Brown will be inducted into the South Carolina Football Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame in December 2018! During his career, Coach has won five State Championships and has been named Palmetto State Coach of the Year five times. As of today, he seems to be well on his way for another victory at Wade Hampton High School.
Coach’s efforts are not to show students and athletes how to reach the minimum, but rather to challenge them to exceed expectations and push beyond limits. This is his goal for not only on the field, but in life as well.
Dr. Brown’s philosophy can also be used to inspire Rotarians each and every day……to push beyond our comfort zones and exceed our own expectations!