Monticello alum Mike Brown returns to inspire
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Football has kept Monticello alum Mike Brown busy over the years from Liberty to an NFL career then the move to coaching, but one summer day keeps him coming back to his hometown.
"I tell people all the time, it is one of my favorite days of the year every year for so many reasons," Brown said, "To be able to give back to a community that has given me so much."
The Mike Brown Football Camp returns for its seventh year after two years away due to COVID-19. On the same field at Monticello High School is where the former Mustang was inspired to start the camp.
"I remember when I was younger, Anthony Poindexter which is a very popular name in the city obviously, he ended up coming to a game at Monticello High School," Brown said, "It was probably one of the first times in my life I had ever been star struck, being able to see somebody with that big of a name right there at our high school, and I remember how that made me feel. That was kind of the start of the motivation for me to do these camps."
Since Brown's last camp, his coaching career has taken him from his alma mater at Liberty to Cincinnati, where Brown coached the Bearcats receivers on their way to back-to-back AAC Championships and the programs first ever trip to the College Football Playoff.
"It was really a two-year kind of journey for us going back to the 2020 season where we end up going 9-1," Brown said, "Then we had a lot of guys back and there were a lot of naysayers but the resilience of that team, the resilience of the kids in that locker room was unbelievable to be a part of. We all dream about playing or coaching on the biggest stages and to have that opportunity, it's a blessing and it was everything."
Brown was recently tabbed as one of the rising star assistants in college football by On3 and added the title of passing game coordinator with the Bearcats this offseason.
"Wherever I am, I'm just always looking to grow," Brown said, "Always looking to get better and I have an opportunity to do that here at Cincinnati and I'm blessed to be a part of a staff that has grown to believe in me."
Now back in Charlottesville, Brown looks to have a similar impact to the one Poindexter had on him so many years ago.
"That's always been my goal, and it continues to be my goal just to inspire," Brown said, "If we inspire one kid at a camp and show one kid that it's real, it's possible, then it's well worth it."
If interested, people can sign up for the camp on Saturday, July 23 at Monticello High School at www.immikebrown.com, where there is also an option to give.