Ross Brown will take over as head football coach at Elizabethtown High School, replacing his legendary father, Mark, as the school’s head coach.

He said he could have applied for many other head coaching openings throughout his coaching career, but being the head coach of the Panthers, was always his goal, he said.

“This is the job I wanted,’’ said Brown, 37. “I could have looked at other jobs and applied, but this is really the job I wanted.’’

He takes over an E’town team that returns several key starters from a 9-3 club that won the district title before losing to Bardstown in the second round of the Class 3-A state playoffs.

Brown said he interviewed this afternoon for the job and was offered the position after school while he was with many of the Panther football players as they worked out in the weightroom at the Elizabethtown Athletic Complex.

“I was shocked, I really was,’’ Brown said.

EHS Athletic Director Glenn Spalding said Brown was the only candidate the selection committee of five people interviewed for the job after Mark Brown announced his retirement last month. The committee included school administrators, a teacher and community member.

“E’town football is not broken, so why wouldn’t we keep it in house with someone we know and trust?’’ Spalding said. He said the school received several applications for the job.

Brown has served the last six years as the Panthers’ defensive coordinator under his father.

He called himself a “players’ coach.’’

“I like to form a relationship with the kids,’’ he said. “The players want to do well for me and I want to do well for them.’’

Mark Brown is fifth all-time in coaching wins with 331 and compiled a 331-140 record in 38 years as a head coach. He won 59 games in six years as the EHS head coach.

“It has been a pleasure and an honor to work with my dad throughout my career,’’ he said. “It has been a learning experience that I feel fortunate to have had access to. I feel like I’ve had the benefit of learning from one of the best to do it.’’

See Friday’s print edition of The News-Enterprise for more information on the hiring.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1757 or jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com

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