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Wayne coach steps down in 'personal move'

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 Antwerp, Ohio.

Brown's team went 0-10 in a rocky first season that started with six weeks of probation and several ineligible players thanks to a fight in the sectional game of the 2010 season. 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 per-sonal move. He is not moving on for another coaching position.

"It's not football related at all," Brown said. "It wasn't anything that happened over-night. 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 at Wayne at 9-22 overall, but his last year was his best. That, along with the ground work he laid in his final season, should make his old posi-tion into a sought-after spot for coaching candidates this offseason.

"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."

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.