Pomona High School football coach Johnny Brown helped turned the Red Devils program around this season, guiding them to a 6-4 record. But Brown resigned from his post on Friday after learning that school officials are searching for a new head coach and have interviewed candidates without notifying him of their intentions, Brown claims. To continue reading, click thread
“At this time I am very dissatisfied in the relationship with the athletic department and the administration at Pomona. It was brought to my attention by several of my student-athletes that before the winter break the administration and athletic department began a new search for a head varsity football coach,” Brown wrote in his resignation letter. “As a Pomona High School alumni and eight year employee of the Pomona Unified School District, the embarrassment of this is tremendous with my peers and in the community. I was selected to be the 2009-2010 head varsity football coach with the confidence and partnership of the athletic department and administration at Pomona based on my coaching resume. Along with a great season, two student-athletes received football scholarships to the University of Texas El Paso and Eastern Michigan University.”
Brown was a longtime walk-on defensive coordinator at Pomona who graduated at the school in 1987, and who had been coaching there off and on since 1995. He said he understood if the school needed to hire a coach with a teaching position, but he wishes they would have handled it better.
“I was perfectly fine being the defensive coordinator here,” Brown said. “That’s all I really wanted to do. They asked me if I wanted to be the head coach, and I thought it would be a great opportunity and I thought we did a lot with the kids. Now, I have all the regrets in the world, I go from the head coach to nothing when everything was perfectly fine before they hired me.”