Schalick High School’s Seth Brown Heading Home to Coach

by Marc Narducci | Jun 10, 2020
Schalick High School’s Seth Brown Heading Home to Coach
Seth Brown enjoyed a successful 15-year reign as head football coach at Schalick, but now he is returning to his alma mater in his home state, where he will still be heavily involved in coaching.
 
Brown, who was also a math teacher at Schalick, is leaving to return to his alma mater Morgan High in McConnelsville, Ohio, in the southeastern part of the state. 
 
He will be the offensive coordinator in football and head baseball coach in addition to teaching math. (The past two years Brown was an assistant baseball coach at Schalick).
 
Brown will be coaching football at a school that last made the playoffs in 2000 and has never won a postseason game.
 
“We hope to bring success there,” he said.
 
For Brown, this is a true homecoming.
 
After graduating from Morgan, he played NAIA football at Malone College. His college team’s home games were played at the Pro Football Hall of Fame field in Canton.
 
Brown then became an assistant high school football coach in Ohio for three years but said his wife, who is from New Jersey, wanted to move back home to be near her family.
 
His wife attended Clearview so Brown took a map and found every school within a 20-30 mile radius of Mullica Hill and sent resumes.
 
Schalick had a math and coaching position open and he was hired. In Brown’s first season as an assistant to Josh Hedgemen, Schalick went 12-0 and won the South Jersey Group 1 title. That was a team led by Paul Gause, who scored 39 touchdowns.
 
After the season, in which Schalick earned its second straight sectional title, Hedgemen resigned and he was replaced by Brown. 
 
In 15 years, Brown guided the Cougars to four division titles. In 10 of the seasons, Schalick was .500 or better. Most recently, Schalick competed in one of the top small-school divisions in the state, the WJFL Diamond, that included two-time defending South Jersey Group 1 champ Penns Grove.
 
Brown finished with an 84-68 mark.
 
Schalick has named Mike Wilson as its new head coach. Wilson, a former head coach at Lower Cape May, was an assistant coach last season at Mainland.
 
For Brown coaching was always more about just the wins and losses.
 
“I got into coaching to make an impact on young people and help them be contributors to society and it is something America needs at this moment,” he said. “Sports is an outlet for so many people, a needed outlet that has been missing (due to the pandemic).”
 
While Brown is excited about his new job, he will also miss the old one.
 
“I enjoyed my time at Schalick,” he said. “I had a lot of great memories and relationships with players, with coaches, with staff, the school and will always cherish the memories.”

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