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Wayne football coach resigns for personal reasons


– Robert Brown announced his resignation as Wayne football coach on Thursday and became the third football coach to leave the Generals in the past five years.

Brown confirmed the news Thursday in a telephone interview. He said he offered his resignation Tuesday and is moving to Indianapolis for personal reasons.

Brown, a former Snider assistant coach, took over at Wayne in 2011 after the departure of Kyle Beauchamp.

Beauchamp served as coach for one season and led the Generals to a 5-5 record before leaving to coach Antwerp High School in Ohio.

Brown’s team went 0-10 in a rocky first season that started with six weeks of probation and several ineligible players after a fight in a 2010 sectional game.

But his squad improved to 3-8 in 2012 and went 6-4 this season.

Brown decided not to build on that success in the coming year in what he called a personal move.

He is not moving on to another coaching position.

“It’s not football-related at all,” Brown said.

“It wasn’t anything that happened overnight. It was a conversation I had often with my girlfriend, my brother and a few of the coaches. It kind of came to the point when the season ended that I had to make a decision, and that was what I felt was best for me and my family.”

Brown finished his career with the Generals with a 9-22 overall record, but he believes the program is on the rise.

“We feel like we’re leaving the program in a better place than where we got it, and it makes it a little easier to leave,” Brown said.

“Wayne should be a favorite for the conference. They should be ranked, probably, in the top 10 in the state at the beginning of the year, and a lot of coaches should want this job. I feel like even with me stepping away that Wayne’s on the come-up, and nothing should stop that.”