By Richard Greene
After five seasons and four trips to the playoffs, Roger Brown is leaving as the Decatur Eagles basketball coach.
Brown tendered his resignation Sunday. He is leaving the coaching ranks after nearly two decades to take a job with Edward Jones.
“It was a really hard decision, but it was one for the future,” Brown said. “I’ve been doing this for 19 years.
“I do feel it’s the right decision.”
Brown came to Decatur after five years as an assistant coach at Texas A&M-Commerce. His team went 12-18 his first season and then followed up with four straight trips to the postseason. The Eagles were a combined 49-15 the past two seasons, including 23-10 in 2011-12.
Decatur beat Glen Rose in the bi-district round of the playoffs this year before falling to state-ranked Wichita Falls Hirschi.
“We got a lot done,” Brown said. “I thought our coaching staff got the most out of our team.”
From middle school through the varsity, Decatur boys basketball teams went 102-39 this year.
In leaving the profession, Brown said he will miss the competition and also the preparation.
“It’s not just the games,” he said. “I loved practice and preparing for the game. I like watching teams grow. It’s a difficult job, but when it comes together it’s great.”
Decatur Athletic Director Kyle Story praised Brown’s work.
“He did a great job with the basketball program and kept improving each year,” Story said. “I liked his intensity and work ethic.”
Story said Monday he was getting calls about the opening and expects to bring in several candidates for interviews.
“We’ll see who all is interested and will try to find the best candidate,” Story said.