KINGSTREE – Kingstree High School has new coaches for football and girls’ basketball.
Athletic director Barry McFadden said Earl Brown II has taken over the football team, replacing former NFL standout Charlie Brown. And, Randall State takes over the Kingstree girls’ basketball team for Coretta Richmond.
“(Charlie Brown) was a volunteer coach and just went in a new direction,” McFadden said.
Earl Brown II, meanwhile, comes from James Island, where he was a defensive assistant last season. His father, Cross boys’ basketball coach Earl Brown, has won more than 700 career basketball games and is a member of the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.
Earl Brown II was once Burke’s football coach and was a linebacker at Savannah State University.
“(Brown) has a great rapport with the kids,” McFadden said. “He’s excited about the new place. For him to be a coach again, he has a new outlook on how to do things differently than he did the last time.”
State, meanwhile, was also the Kingstree girls’ basketball coach two seasons ago when he guided the Jaguars to a region crown.
“He not only loves sports, he loves the kids,” McFadden said. “And, I like that about him.”
This past school year, State – who actually played football at Liberty – was the football coach and athletic director at Ronald E. McNair Junior High School.
As Jimmy Vereen prepares for his second year as Creek Bridge’s football coach, he knows there is a lot of youth.
“The kids are working harder at knowing what to do,” Vereen said. “Last year, everybody was new and we were feeling each other out.”
Two linemen who could make an impact are Aykelle Cross and Akeem Davis.
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Carvers Bay football coach Nate Thompson is also trying to build on a young foundation.
But defensive end Byron Young, an all-region pick last season, could help things on that side of the ball.
“He has good experience there,” Thompson said. “He’s got tremendous speed off the edge, and that can help us. He has a lot to offer there.”