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Back in the game: Former Decatur coach goes to Northwest

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Roger Brown was not able to stay away for long. The former Decatur basketball coach will become the new assistant for Mike Hatch and the Northwest Texans beginning next season.

Brown’s hire was approved at the Northwest ISD board meeting Monday night.

I'M BACK - Former Decatur basketball coach Roger Brown will be an assistant for Northwest next season after a year away from the game. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

I’M BACK – Former Decatur basketball coach Roger Brown will be an assistant for Northwest next season after a year away from the game. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“Roger is a good guy, and this is a great hire for us,” Executive Director of Athletics for Northwest Susan Elza said. “He has had a great career at both the high school and college levels. Being able to bring in a head coach at an assistant level doesn’t happen very often.”

Brown resigned last season from Decatur after 19 years in coaching. He took a job here locally for Edward Jones. He started August 6 – and soon realized he had a strong passion to get back into basketball.

“I’m very excited about this new opportunity,” Brown said. “It was a very tough decision to resign from Edward Jones. I love the company and what they stand for. The passion for the game just pulled me back in.”

Three months into his new position basketball season started and the itch to return grew even more. Brown knew at that point he wanted back. He got the opportunity when Northwest offered him the position this spring.

“Going to Northwest was a family decision,” he said. “My wife works here, and it can be difficult for teachers and coaches to find the right fit. This works for our situation.”

Brown has always been an intense coach, and he will get to join Hatch who brings the same type of fire to the sidelines.

“I’m looking forward to working with Coach Hatch,” Brown explained. “We are both high-intensity guys. I will gain a lot of knowledge from working with him.”

There’s nothing temporary about Brown and coaching anymore. He wants to use this chance to get a head coaching job down the road, and he let the Northwest athletic department know that in his interview.

“His long-term goal is to get into head coaching again,” Elza said. “We felt very comfortable with him and his goals. This is a very strong hire for Northwest High School.”

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