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Dickie Brown Retiring at York Institute

After 34 years of being a teacher and football coach Dickie Brown has decided to retire at the end of the current school year.

Brown has spent the previous five seasons as head football coach at his alma mater York Institute.

Brown hasn't closed the book on coaching again in the future.

"I've got my time in and I think it's time to step away a little bit and recharge my batteries," Brown said. Jamestown is home for me and the people here at York are great and I have a lot of great memories here."

Despite compiling a 27-29 record at York, Brown helped the Dragons make the Class 3A playoffs three times (2009, 2012 and 2013).

His first season in Jamestown was a historic year for the Dragons as they went 10-4 and made only trip to Semifinals losing to 3A runner up Milan.

The Dragons are coming off back to back playoff appearances as they were beaten by 3A state champion Alcoa this year.

York Institute is the only public school in the United States that is ran by a state government.

The school was founded Tennessee World War I hero Alvin C. York in 1926 but the school was transferred financially to the state in 1937.

The state has ran the school since that time.

"The state has cut the school's budget and that also played a role in my retirement, Brown said. "It's a great place to work with good coworkers and kids but it's hard to get things done sometimes."

Brown started his head coaching career at Bledsoe County (1990-2001) and he led the Warriors to the playoffs six times (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998 and 1999) including four straight trips during his tenure.

He also led White County (2002-06) to two playoff appearances (2003, 2005) and Clay County (2007-08) to the 1A playoffs and a 7-4 record in 2008.

The 2005 White County team made the playoffs and had the first winning record (6-5) since a 7-4 mark in 1987.

Currently there are open jobs at York, Northeast, Pickett County, Hickman County, Hixson, Whitwell, Middle Tennessee Christian, Clay County, Bolivar, Fairley, Ezell Harding, Nashville Overton, Marion County, Chattanooga Central and Jackson Christian as schools currently looking for a head coach.

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