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WHS sport: Coach leaving for elite N.Y. prep school

By Roger Greene
Coastal Observer

After 17 years at Waccamaw High, James Brown knew only the right opportunity for his family would cause him to consider leaving.

But late last year that chance presented itself, and Brown is counting down his last weeks at WHS.

“My wife has been offered a great chance to advance her career and it simply is too good to pass up,” said Brown, who will relocate to Hoboken, N.J.

“The last few weeks have been difficult and with each passing day it seems to get tougher,” he said.

Brown coached football and basketball but made his mark with the boys and girls tennis programs. He took the boys to 11 state Class AA championships and won four titles. Waccamaw’s girls won four titles in four trips to the finals over six years with Brown as their coach.

Brown was raised along the Grand Strand, graduated from Socastee High School and Coastal Carolina University and has 30 years of teaching experience. While he will retire from the S.C. school system, he will continue to teach and coach tennis on a part-time basis at Collegiate School, an all-boys academy on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The institution is the oldest independent school in the United States.

“I wanted to be able to continue coaching and teaching on a part-time basis,” Brown said, “and this is a perfect way for me to do both.”

Brown and his wife, Sonja, will keep their residence in Surfside Beach and plan on being regular visitors to the area.

“We consider this area to be our home,” Brown said. “We have too many ties here to think of it any other way. It took a lot for us to make this decision. It was by no means an easy one. And, we both plan on coming back when we [fully] retire.

“But for now, my wife has a great career opportunity. We both love New York, and look forward to taking advantage of all the things there are to do. It’s extremely difficult to leave, but we’re excited about the new adventures that are in front of us.”

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