PREP FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Veteran coach Brown entering Year 6 at E’town

When discussing Kentucky high school football, Mark Brown’s name is often mentioned.

A longtime coach in the Bluegrass State, Brown has been nothing short of successful — no matter where he’s been. A 40-plus-year veteran in the Kentucky prep football reins, Brown has made a name for himself.

Now entering his sixth season as Elizabethtown’s head man, Brown has made a long-lasting impact on the many Panthers he’s mentored.

“He’s got a lot of experience underneath his belt,” senior defensive back and wide receiver Jackson Curto said. “It’s just great playing for him. He knows everything. You can ask him a question and he’ll know the answer right away. If you’re ever lost, you can just ask him and he’ll tell you exactly where to go. He’ll never let you be lost.”

Clay Games — Elizabethtown’s junior quarterback — reiterated what his teammate said.

“He’s probably the smartest football-minded person I’ve ever been around in my entire life,” Games said. “Everything you ask him, he’s got an answer. He’s never confused on what he’s saying. He’s got a way of getting everything to you.”

Brown, who has compiled a 322-137 record in 37 years as a high school football coach in the state, currently ranks sixth in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Top Kentucky Football Coaching Wins List.

He’s served as head coach at Marion County, Nelson County, John Hardin and Elizabethtown and has only improved each program he’s ever led.

In five seasons at the helm of the Panthers’ program, Brown is 50-16 and hasn’t lost more than five games in a season since taking over.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to do what I love for how long I’ve done it,” Brown said. “It’s not even about the success but more about the great players and coaches I’ve had the privilege of working with throughout the years.

“They’ve made me the coach I am today and they deserve the recognition.”

Gearing up for season No. 38 as a head coach, Brown is still as sharp as can be and fun to play for, according to junior offensive lineman Ryan Pyles.

“It’s something new every day, but it’s always important whatever it is,” Pyles said. “He knows what he’s talking about and it’s easy to listen to him. He and his coaching staff are great all-around and it’s just easy to play football with them.”

Tyler Mansfield can be reached at 270-505-1754 or

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