The Maranatha Christian athletic department is thrilled to announce the hiring of new varsity football head coach Rick Brown.
Coach Brown brings 40 years of high school/college coaching experience to the school. He started his football career at Temple City High School in Los Angeles, where as a starting quarterback, led his team to a 29-1 record. He moved on to Pasadena Community College where, in his sophomore year, was named MVP and his team was ranked #6 in the nation. Following junior college, he received a full-ride scholarship to Arizona State University. He only started a few games in his time there mainly because he was slotted behind future Dallas Cowboy quarterback Danny White.
Shortly after graduating from ASU, he got married and began his teaching and coaching career. His impressive coaching resume began at his alma mater Pasadena City College where he taught PE and was the quarterback coach. At the age of 28, he got his first job as a head football coach at Covina High School where he won a CIF Championship his second year there. After a 9-year stint at Covina, he was offered the head coach job at Carlsbad High School. He led the Lancers for 7 years and helped develop former All-Pro Ted Johnson who won 3 Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots.
Following his run at Carlsbad, he felt led to work with Christian athletes and was hired as the head football coach at Santa Fe Christian. After 5 seasons and two league championships there, he finished his head coaching career at Tri-City Christian.
He then moved on as the quarterback/special teams coach at Oceanside High School under legendary coach John Carroll where they won 3 CIF Championships in the 4 years he was there.
Since then, he took a few years off to help with his 6 grandchildren but strongly feels the Lord is not done with him yet.
“I had heard from a very respected coach that Rick Brown was feeling led to get back into coaching” said Maranatha Athletic Director Steve Whitley, “when that was confirmed, we set up an interview with him right away and from the moment we starting talking, we knew we had the perfect fit for Maranatha”.
Many of his former players consider him to be one of the greatest role models in their lives. “With coach Brown you are not only getting a solid football coach who knows X’s and O’s, you are getting a presence on your campus”, says current Carlsbad High School head coach Thadd MacNeal and former San Francisco State quarterback who played for coach Brown.
Coach Brown will also be teaching two classes on campus and serving as a coach/player mentor at Maranatha. We are exceptionally blessed to have a coach of his caliber and character and we strongly encourage every high school athlete to come out and meet him.