Brown introduced as new Spring Valley coach

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - Jerry Brown is back where it all started.

The longtime coach is back at Spring Valley High School as the head football coach more than 40 years after getting his first coaching job at the very same school.

"There aren't many around who can bring the memories and the glory and the history there to the current time and also propel into the future," said Brown. "To come back where it all started? Come on, give me a break. You just don't get that opportunity."

Brown was introduced Wednesday afternoon with his wife by his side. He replaces Miles Aldridge who coached Spring Valley to an undefeated regular season last fall. Aldridge is leaving for a job in North Carolina at the end of the school year.

Brown won a state championship at Spring Valley in 1988 before moving on to Berkeley High in the early-1990's. He won three state championship there before retiring.

Brown came out of retirement in 2012 and coached Batesburg-Leesville to another state championship last fall after taking over a struggling program that had only one win in 2011.

"Some people you just can't run off," said Brown. "I'm probably one of those."

The 63-year-old Brown has won five state championships and has a career record of 254-114. He has been named coach of the year six times and is focused on bringing together Spring Valley's football history with the present.

"It should be my last rodeo, the last round-up. And I'm looking forward to it for a good many years here," said Brown.