PALESTINE — As first reported by smoaky.com on Monday, Denton Ryan defensive line coach Jay Brown is expected to be recommended to the district's Board of Trustees as the man to take over as athletic director and head football coach at Palestine High School.
Brown will be moving into the slot left vacated by Lance Angel, who left earlier this year to become the new athletic director for the Bryan Independent School District.
Brown, a former Jacksonville Indian, has deep roots in East Texas, both as a collegiate coach and as a high school mentor.
He was Texas College's first football coach, following the decision to revived football at the Tyler school. He also has worked at New Mexico State, Mississippi Valley State and Stephen F. Austin.
Prior to coaching at Denton Ryan, Brown served as a defensive assistant at Henderson High School for a number of years.
During his time in Henderson, the Lions won a Class 3A state championship in 2010, defeating Chapel Hill.
Jacksonville head coach Chris Taber was the offensive coordinator at Chapel Hill at that time.
Brown and Taber will get a chance to out do one another again this fall when Palestine visits Jacksonville on Sept. 5.