- Travis L. Brown, ESPNDallas.com
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The Mansfield Timberview football team may have picked up a new head coach after the team’s best playoff run in school history, but don’t expect much to change.
The Mansfield ISD athletic department named former North Forney head coach James Brown as the new football coach and athletic director at Timberview on Wednesday, replacing Mark Walker, who took a position as the school district’s assistant AD earlier this month.
Brown said he acknowledged that Timberview was a program that is still on the rise, which attracted him to apply for the job. Now that he has it, he said he doesn’t foresee changing much to a football machine that already runs beautifully.
“There are going to be some things that are different,” Brown said. “You’re going to put your stamp on the program yourself, but the reality is the program is in good shape. It’s not like coming into a program that’s struggled for years and years. It’s a program that’s on the rise and a program that holds itself to high character.”
Walker was directly involved with Brown’s selection and said what stood out to him about Brown was his experience at the 5A level as a head coach and an athletic director, which included trips into the state playoffs.
Brown had stops as an assistant coach in El Paso, Houston and Sugarland before taking the head coach job at North Forney before last season.
“You’re not just a football coach because you’re in charge of the men’s side of things, and that’s important in this district, that we have quality people doing those things,” Walker said.
Brown said he will begin his full-time duties April 9, in plenty of time to begin spring football practice.
The returning Timberview football players met Brown on Wednesday for one of a few meetings Brown will hold before April 9, and Brown instituted a mantra to not change a thing.
“Maintain the level of structure and integrity we’ve got.” Brown told his new team. “Continue to think about raising expectations every year. We’re not going to be the underdogs, we’re going to be the one’s with the target on our back.”