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Mike Brown chosen to lead Crawford Co.

Former Paoli boys and girls basketball coach Mike Brown was named the new Crawford County Wolfpack boys basketball coach at last Tuesday night’s school board meeting.
‘At this time of the year, you’re not really searching to hire basketball coaches,’ said Crawford athletic director Jerry Hanger. ‘You’re trying to get ready for the season. But we’re excited. We feel like we’ve got the man for the job.’
Brown is a person Crawford fans have come to know in many ways. Some of the Wolfpack’s greatest wars have been in games with several of Brown’s teams. Both teams are in the Patoka Lake Athletic Conference.
‘It’s a familiar face that we’re bringing into the program,’ Hanger said. ‘We’ve fought many battles, and he’s been on the other side of the gym. Hopefully, we can bring his enthusiasm and his knowledge of basketball to our side and carry it over.’
Hanger said there were several applicants with a good crop of talent to choose from.
‘We had about 12 people that showed interest in the position,’ he said. ‘By the time it was all said and done, we interviewed three. The top three candidates that we interviewed I really felt like were the cream of the crop in our particular area. We felt like we were comfortable and we stopped it at those three. We didn’t interview any more and felt like we had what we needed in the three candidates.’
Brown’s 14-year span with the Paoli Rams led to a 294-113 record. That includes nine sectional titles, seven regionals and a semi-state championship. During his last four years as the Paoli girls coach, Brown chalked up a 49-39 record. One thing in Brown’s favor was his knowledge of the teams in the local area.
‘That’s also one of the things you’ve got to consider, the knowledge of the conference, the knowledge of opponents, that we don’t have to bring somebody in from out of state and out of the area that don’t know the teams,’ Hanger said. ‘He’s familiar with the backgrounds of the schools and players. It should be an easy transition for him mainly because of his familiarity with everything around us.’
‘We’ve got some good young kids and we feel like with an experienced coach and the background he’s got, we might take it to the next level,’ he said.
Hanger said Brown has already begun his duties to get a head start toward the 2007-08 season.
‘He came and got his keys and is working on staff,’ he said. ‘He’s starting to meet some of the players and contacting them. He’ll get together with parents and players next week. He’s also going to have a coaches meeting next week. He’ll find out what he’s got here facility-wise and so he can hit the door running when he comes in next week.’

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