Dickie Brown didn't stay off the football sidelines too long.
Ten days after retiring from York Institute brown will patrol the sidelines at Clay County next year.
"We're excited to have coach Brown back as our new head coach," Clay County Principal Melissa White said.
Brown returns to Celina where he was the head football coach in 2007-08 and led the Bulldogs to a 12-8 overall record in those two seasons.
The 2008 team went 7-4 and made the Class 1A playoffs, which marks the last time Clay County made the playoffs.
He replaces Chad Barger who resigned to take the Coahulla Creek (GA) job earlier this year.
The Bulldogs are coming off a 3-7 year in 2013.
"There are a lot of positives about going back to Clay County," Brown said. "First, it's an opportunity to do a 100 day contract and other is I really like the administration there."
"Plus the chance to work with my son Aaron as my assistant coach is special to me as well."
Brown helped York make the Class 3A playoffs three times (2009, 2012 and 2013) in his five years at his alma mater.
His first season in Jamestown was a historic year for the Dragons as they went 10-4 and made the school's 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.
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).
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 Mt. Juliet Christian, York, Northeast, Pickett County, Chattanooga Christian, Hickman County, Hixson, Whitwell, Middle Tennessee Christian, Bolivar, Fairley, Ezell Harding, Chattanooga Central and Jackson Christian as schools currently looking for a head coach.
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