After a three-week searching process, the Palestine Independent School District's Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Emanuel “Jay” Brown for the position of Athletic Director and head football coach on Monday.
Brown comes from a solid background in coaching, with his most recent stint as the secondary coach at Denton Ryan High School.
Before Denton, Brown was a part of the defensive coordinating for Henderson High School and was on the 2010 Class 3-A D-I State Champions coaching roster. Brown reiterated the old saying of ‘defense wins championships’ when he said in an interview with the Palestine Herald-Press before his hiring meeting that his plan for being successful at Palestine starts with the defense.
“First of all, I want to continue the success that Coach Angel left behind and build upon that,” Brown said. “I want to create a culture of winning in all of the sports and not just football. As athletic director, I want success for every program. Many people consider football to be the tail that wags the dog, so to speak, so we have to come out and start the season well to show our other sports how we’re going to create a culture here to where all of our players will know it’s expected of them — to win and be champions on the field as well as off the field.
“And for football, we're going to have great talent on the defensive, offensive and special teams sides of the ball,” Brown continued. “People may think we're in the District of Doom when really, we're going to be one of the 'Doomers'.”
Coming to Palestine from Denton could be a big change for some people, but for Brown, he said because he’s from around the area, (Jacksonville, specifically) he knows what a city like Palestine has to offer, and he’s ready for any challenge.