Brown was named Space Coast Daily – Friday Night Locker Room Coach of the Year in 2021
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FL – After a lengthy selection process, Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy has named Hurlie Brown as its new head football coach. Brown served as head coach at Merritt Island High School for four years before his final stint as defensive coordinator at Prairie View A&M in Texas.
After leading the Mustangs to their first 5A state championship final in 34 years, Coach Brown was voted Florida Dairy Farmers 5A Coach of the Year for the 2021 football season. He brings Holy Trinity a rich experience as a coach at high school and college levels.
“To say that we are delighted to be able to attract someone of Hurlie Brown’s caliber and reputation speaks volumes about our football programme,” said Holy Trinity sporting director James Phillips.
“Hurlie has spent years nurturing young athletes to help them reach their full potential on and off the field. With him at the helm, our Tigers will have the opportunity to learn from a legend who understands the game and shares the broader vision for the future of HT football.
Coach Brown graduated from Merritt Island in 1987. He became the school’s eighth head football coach in March 2018, after serving as a program assistant. He went 26-16 in four seasons as Mustangs head coach.
Brown previously coached in college programs at Miami, Florida International and Louisiana-Lafayette, as well as Dillard High and the then Oakland Raiders. He played on two national championship Hurricanes teams, spent time in the Canadian Football League and went to training camp with two NFL teams.
“I’m so excited to be returning home to coach for such a prestigious school at such a crucial time,” Brown said. “AD Phillips and Dr Cobb shared their philosophy of HT football with me, and I was ‘All IN’, mind, body and spirit! Our Tigers will work hard, be a team and find success as part of a collective process that allows each student-athlete to grow and develop.
Brown began his coaching career as a graduate assistant where he played college football at the University of Miami in 1992. He played and coached in eight College Bowls for UM from 1988 to 2015, winning two national championships .
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COACH OF THE YEAR – Hurlie Brown, Merritt Island: Hurlie Brown has taken his Mustangs farther than any Mustang team in recent memory. Brown is a player’s coach. He coaches hard but attributes all the team’s success to the players and coaches. As Brown said after the state semifinal against Sebring, “It’s not about me, it’s about those kids.” He wants people to know that the kids did what he asked and did things the right way.