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West Orange football fills vacancy with former Lake Brantley, Syracuse standout – Orlando Sentinel

West Orange has landed its new football coach.

Players were alerted Wednesday afternoon that former Lake Brantley and Syracuse standout Dee Brown has been tabbed as the program’s new head coach. He replaces Bob Head, who went 48-20 with the Warriors from 2013-18 before being forced to resign.

Brown, who was selected in the sixth round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers, played in 44 games in six pro seasons with the Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs.

“He’s been there at every single level and lived it all from high school football and beyond,” said West Orange athletics director Jerry Shafer. “He has all of those connections that West Orange is looking for, and everywhere he’s been he’s been successful.”

Brown rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a senior option quarterback at Lake Brantley under then-head coach George Clayton. He then tallied 2,626 yards and 28 touchdowns at running back for Syracuse from 1997-2000.

Brown led Victory Christian of Charlotte, N.C., to a 31-18 record over four seasons as a head coach. That included two North Carolina independent high school state titles in 2012 and 2014. He’s scheduled to be on campus for the first time April 13 in advance of spring practices, which begin at West Orange on April 22.

The change at West Orange came after Head was arrested in January on a domestic violence charge, which was later not pursued by prosecutors. He was cleared to return to teaching by Orange County Public Schools last month but was not retained as coach at the school.

Brown joins a growing list of new coaching hires throughout the Sentinel coverage area, which includes Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake and southwest Volusia counties.

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