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Brown settles in to new job

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By Steve Smith

DENVER – Former Adams City athletic director Damian Brown approves of his seven-mile move for his new post with the Far Northeast Warriors.

“When I came here, it was a blessing,” he said. “The school is amazing. Adams City prepared me more so to take on the role I have now. The mistakes I made helped me learn not to make the same ones.”

Brown spent three years with the Eagles. But with the Warriors, he is athletic director for the high school plus several feeder schools, most of which are on the same campus.

“I want to hold people accountable, from our coaches down to our students and student-athletes,” Brown said.  “I’m setting a game plan. The goal is to create a program similar to a college atmosphere. We want to prepare kids for the next level, whatever that may be.”

Brown said the athletic program was “in disarray” when he showed up for work in August.

“We started the rebuilding with the coaches. Some are here for the right reasons,” Brown said. “Some of these coaches are super passionate and need to be challenged. Some need a spark to get going. And we need to weed out the ones who are in it for the wrong reasons.

“One part that I appreciate is so many of the coaches are hungry to be successful,” Brown added. “I need to put a system in place with some expectations. I give my coaches a philosophy. I expect them to create a philosophy for the players, the parents and for themselves. That way, they hold each other accountable.”

Another thing Brown brings to his job is a certain awareness of the challenges students face. Many are from single-family homes, belong to gangs or whose family members are in jail.

Just like Brown’s upbringing.

“I’m used to that. I know how to deal with that,” Brown said. “I meet with athletes and try to mentor them. I want to do that for a whole year. It’s an impromptu, 20- or 30-minute meeting. We talk about stuff that’s on their mind.

“I can relate to a lot of these issues, government assistance, a father in prison,” Brown added. “My goal is to say, ‘You can make it’ and get them to start thinking that there’s someone else who cares but who had to work a little bit harder.

“When you’re born you’re given a tool box, and you start getting tools to help you along the way,” Brown added. “If you decide to use the tools, you will be successful. If you won’t, it will be harder.”

Another item on Brown’s wish list is keeping some of his athletes at FNE.

“We’re losing athletes (30 to 40, he estimated) to Aurora and the Cherry Creek schools because of open enrollment,” he said. “Parents want what’s best for their kids. But a lot don’t know the opportunity that exists here. When we start moving the school in the right direction, those kids will stay.”

Brown made it clear he is lucky to be where he is.

“God blessed me,” he said. “I learned so much last year. And I know God has his trust in me.

“It’s great. I love it.”

 

Contact Sports Editor Steve Smith at ssmith@metrowestnewspapers.com.