Wesley Brown was preparing to leave the dugout, and coaching.
As an assistant for the South Aiken High baseball team, Brown was set to work a different profession. He told Thoroughbreds coach Bob Polewski he wouldn’t be back.
And it turns out, he was right – he wouldn’t return that next season. But, to his surprise, Brown wasn’t leaving the game at all. He was just going somewhere else.
Brown received a call from Fox Creek and interviewed.
Three seasons later, the Predators won the Class A Division IV title and finished as runner-up for the Upper State championship to earn Brown All-Area baseball coach of the year honors from The Augusta Chronicle.
“We proved this year we can compete at pretty much any level,” Brown said.
Fox Creek went 25-4, winning its first 14 games and beating larger schools along the way.
“You’re sitting there undefeated, and you’re just waiting for something bad to happen,” Brown said. “It just never did, really.”
Brown, 36, became a first-time head coach at Fox Creek and for that, he said he is indebted to the school.
The coach described his program as one stressing fundamentals, aggressiveness and defense.
Wins came in bunches this season, but those victories were really just perks.
“It truly does mean dreams do come true,” Brown said. “This has been my dream since I was a little boy, being a high school coach. Being with the kids and teaching them how to become a man and giving them things for life in general is the main purpose. Winning is just extra.”