“This is an exciting time for Mercersburg football,” says Rick Hendrickson, Mercersburg’s director of athletics. “Andy brings a quiet enthusiasm and intensity that will draw players and help us achieve our goals, which include being competitive in the Keystone State Football League.”
Brown, who played college football at Millersville University, comes to Mercersburg from Magruder High School in Rockville, Md., where he is in his sixth year of teaching. He served as the Colonels’ offensive coordinator for two seasons, and has previously coached football at Francis Scott Key High School in Union Bridge, Md., wrestling at Everett Area Middle School/High School in Everett, Pa., and track & field at Southern Fulton Junior/Senior High School in Warfordsburg, Pa.
“The Mercersburg Academy culture is contagious; Mercersburg always puts students first, and it’s a great place to learn,” Brown says. “I’m excited to work with students on the field and in the classroom. I’m very thankful to [Head of School] Ms. [Katie] Titus, Mr. Hendrickson, and [Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs] Dr. [Julia] Maurer ’90 for this opportunity and for allowing me to join the Mercersburg Academy community.”
Brown succeeds Dan Walker as Mercersburg’s head coach. Walker has decided to move to a full-time history teaching position after 16 years as the Blue Storm’s head coach; he has been a member of the history faculty since arriving at the school in 2003.
“The biggest thing I’ve tried to do in the past as a coach is to always put our players in the best situation on every play,” Brown says. “As an offensive coordinator, I’ve run a traditional option offense, but we’ll see if that’s what works best for our program. Defensively, we’ll be high energy, flying around to the ball with sound coverage and sound tackling. Our coaching staff will be high energy and positive.”Mercersburg announced in January
that it would join a growing number of schools across the country in transitioning its football program to the eight-player game. This fall, Mercersburg will be a charter member of the Keystone State Football League, along with in-state foes Valley Forge Military Academy, Perkiomen School, and Delaware County Christian School. (Mercersburg remains a member of the Mid-Atlantic Prep League in all other sports in which it currently competes.)
“I’m excited to help Mercersburg be a pioneer in this part of the state,” Brown says. “When you get down to it, football is football. We’ll be blocking and tackling and scoring touchdowns. It doesn’t matter if you have 11, nine, eight, or six guys on the field.”
Brown currently serves the coordinator of the aviation and aerospace program at Magruder, as well as a resource teacher for physical and health education and department head for the school’s Project Lead the Way Engineering Department. He holds a bachelor’s degree in technology education from Millersville and a master’s in educational leadership from Hood College.
Brown and his wife, Nicole, live in nearby Waynesboro, Pa., with their two sons, Damien and Liam.