WRENTHAM — New King Philip Regional High School athletic director Gary Brown has kept busy during his first month on the job, getting set to announce a few new coaching hires for the Warrior program and conducting all the behind-the-scenes work which goes on during the summer period.
Fortunately for Brown, he had some help during his adjustment period from former athletic director Steve Schairer, for whom Brown took over on July 1. Brown was hired as the King Philip athletic director in March.
“I was very fortunate to have Steve (Schairer) as a great mentor,” said the 42-year-old Brown. “He’s been a wonderful, wonderful asset to my acclimation plan here, he’s taught me the way of the land.”
Brown, who grew up in Millis and has lived in Franklin for the last 14 years, took the position at KP after working in Cambridge for the Harvard University athletic department each of the past nine years.
Most recently, he worked as an Associate Director of Athletics for the Crimson, doing so for the past five years.
“I was looking to move toward the high school level, but really trying to find the right fit,” Brown said. “I wanted a public school that excelled both academically and athletically. I really think I found that at King Philip.”
“The administration, coaches and teachers were all very impressive,” Brown added regarding another reason he accepted the position. “I think KP is somewhere I can help develop the students and provide some lessons through athletics.”
Brown graduated from Springfield College in 1997 with a degree in Sports Management. He previously graduated from Millis High School, where he played both soccer and basketball.
“I’ve always been involved with athletics in some capacity and loved every minute of it,” Brown said. “I think I knew at a young age I had a passion for it. I was always intrigued by events management, what goes into creating an athletic event, what makes it a success.”
Previously, Brown worked at the Bay State Games as the Director of Operations, a post he held for eight years.
During his time there he was responsible for hiring coaches, officials and a medical staff, along with many other duties for the non-profit organization, working with local universities in Boston on a limited budget.
Brown also spent a few years as a Veteran Director with Host Communications in part of the “NHL Breakout” off-ice hockey tour. In the position, he traveled to various cities of NHL teams, putting together local roller- and street-hockey tournaments.
“I feel like I’m relatively well-rounded, have a broad base of experience,” Brown said. “I think that’s part of what helped me secure the position at King Philip.”
Despite only being a month into the position, Brown said he is well aware of the amount of success the athletic program at King Philip has had recently. Specifically, the Warriors having won six state titles, with softball team claiming three, as well as the KP boys’ swimming, girls’ track and football team winning titles last fall.
“I’m hoping to continue the consistency of success of all our student-athletes,” Brown said. “(KP) has had so much success across the board, I want to make sure our student-athletes have all the resources they need to be successful and remain competitive within the Hockomock League.”
“I’m excited for the fall season to start up, continue meeting more people within the community,” Brown said. “I’m very excited to be working here.”