Posted: 8:25 am Friday, May 10th, 2013

Glades Central hires veteran offensive coordinator: Lee Brown 

By Matt Porter

Not every offensive coordinator hire merits much media attention. Then again, not every offense is Glades Central’s.

The Raiders, loaded with a young group of playmakers and a tough schedule for 2013, lost their offensive coordinator in March when former NFL receiver Reidel Anthony stepped down. They will replace him with Lee Brown, formerly of Avon Park.

Brown resigned from Avon Park in January after one year at the school. His team, competing in Class 4A, struggled with injuries to key players, according to Highlands today, and went 1-9. Before that, he was an assistant at a St. Louis high school.

Brown has had a varied coaching career, according to a Philadelphia Enquirer story from 2002. A 1986 graduate of Lincoln (Mo.) College, where he played running back, Brown has coached in high school and college and started from scratch his own semi-pro team. He reportedly did a stint as commissioner of the semi-pro league as well.

The article, written the day Brown was hired to take over perennial loser Cheyney University, an HBCU in West Chester, Pa., described him as “dynamic yet unconventional,” in the sense that his path had been long and winding.

At Glades Central, things are pretty straightforward: win, or coach elsewhere. Brown, who won a pair of state titles in Missouri high schools (one as a head coach, one as an offensive coordinator) will have the tools to be successful: receivers Jerry Jones, Jonathan Istache and Ronquavion Tarver, athletes Devante Seabrook and Bernard Willingham, and what promises to be a capable offensive line. Sophomore Giovanni Lugo is the returning quarterback, though he will be pushed by a junior varsity challenger. He’s also one of the best kickers in the area, a weapon Glades Central doesn’t usually have.

It’s all in place to compete in a brutal schedule that starts with some of the toughest teams in Palm Beach County (Dwyer, Palm Beach Central) and finishes with Dade power Miami-Booker T. Washington, Broward heavy Fort Lauderdale-University (now a district game) and a home Muck Bowl against Pahokee.

Glades Central also plans to retain longtime offensive line coach Ken Funderburk, who was weighing retirement. Funderburk, a 1977 Glades Central graduate, is also a director of the Belle Glade Boys & Girls Club.