ANDERSON — Robert Brown doesn't have a long history as a high school football coach. But he's already proven he knows how to build a program.
In three seasons at Fort Wayne Wayne, Brown took the Generals from a winless debut campaign to a 6-4 record that included a 45-6 whipping of Class 4A state runner-up Bishop Dwenger.
On Tuesday, Brown's appointment as the head football coach at Anderson High School was approved by the Anderson Community Schools board of trustees.
Brown stepped down as Wayne's coach in December with the intention of moving closer to his fiancee's home in Indianapolis.
"When I resigned at Wayne, I had no idea where I would go," Brown said. "That was kind of intentional. I didn't want to be accused of quitting on Wayne."
Brown waited to make his resignation public until after the team's postseason awards banquet, and he will continue to teach at Wayne until the end of the school year.
Brown takes over an Anderson program that finished 4-7 last season but won the school's first sectional game since 1992. The Indians defeated Richmond 35-24 on Nov. 1 before losing in the sectional final to Class 5A state champion Cathedral.
In an interesting twist, Brown's career at Anderson will begin with a home game against his former team on Aug. 22. Many of Wayne's players are among his students, and he hasn't yet told them about his new job.
"I'm curious to see what their reaction is going to be," Brown said.
Brown did his homework before applying at Anderson, looking into the makeup of the city, the returning roster and the North Central Conference. He was impressed enough by what he saw to turn down other opportunities in favor of leading the Tribe.
"I felt like Anderson was a good fit," he said. "If I didn't think I could be successful here, if I didn't think Anderson could be successful, I wouldn't be here."
Meet the coach New Anderson football coach Robert Brown will host a meet and greet in the high school cafeteria on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. Additional coverage The Herald Bulletin will report on Brown's first official day on the job with a story in Thursday's print edition as well as Touts and a feature video at heraldbulletin.com.