'Twas farewell that they were singing…
Casey County baseball games won’t be quite as much fun this season without Jimmy Brown around.
The longtime coach recently resigned, not because he wanted to get away from the game but because he has a new job. Brown is a Baptist minister who took over as the full-time pastor at Liberty’s First Baptist Church last fall.
He had pastored other churches in the past, usually on an interim basis while those churches were looking for permanent pastors, but he said his new job will require too much of his time to allow him to continue coaching.
“I’ll miss it,” he said. “I’ll miss being out there with the kids. That’s what’s fun.”
Brown made game days at Casey fun, whether the games themselves were interesting or not. His take on those games and on whatever else came up in the conversation always made the trip to Liberty worthwhile.
Brown served as Casey’s head coach for 17 years. He was also an assistant basketball coach for many years before resigning after accepting his current pastorship. He also plans to retire from his day job as a history teacher after this school year. He still attends most home basketball games and said he’ll try to watch as many baseball games as he can this spring, but he simply doesn’t have enough time to coach.
Head boys basketball coach Perry Walters was Brown’s longtime assistant on the baseball diamond, but he vacated the first-base coach’s box after last season because of the demands of his basketball job. So with the start of practice only two weeks away, there is no coach on staff and there are no obvious candidates.