Morristown West hires football coach

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(WVLT) -- One of East Tennessee's finest football programs has a new head coach.

Lamar Brown takes over the head position at Morristown West High School, replacing Don Woods, who left after a 10-year tenure to accept an assistant coaching job under his brother Sparky at Virginia Military Institute.

Brown has served as an assistant at West for nine years, most recently as defensive coordinator.

"He has played a key role in building the program into what it is today," said principal Jeff Moorhouse.

The school interviewed five other candidates for the job.

"We were impressed with the candidates we interviewed, but we felt like we were in a position to continue the philosophy we had going," Moorhouse said.

Brown takes over a team that went 7-5 last year, falling in the second round of the 4A playoffs to Sullivan South, 41-21.

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