Baldwin hopes new coach can bring change to football team


Mandy Wu

The Baldwin Highlanders varsity football team competes in the 5A division.

Carson Chapel and Jacob Staley

The district on Wednesday hired a new head football coach, Dana Brown, in preparation for the upcoming season. 

Brown most recently was assistant defensive coordinator at McKeesport, his high school alma mater. He attended Kent State for college and was a three-year starter. 

Athletic Director Anthony Cherico said he saw a lot of character in the new coach’s attitude.

“Without a doubt he has a spirit about him. You can see that he really cares about his kids and his community. I think he is going to develop lifelong relationships with players and we will see success with him,” Cherico said. 

Cherico hopes the state of Baldwin football finally takes the positive turn it needs. 

“I want Coach Brown to create a culture that kids want to be motivated to play for. A winning program that kids are going to be proud to play for is the goal,” Cherico said.

Brown is a great mentor because he is big on academics and behavior, Cherico said. 

He plans to bring along some members of his old staff to get a fresh start at Baldwin

“He’s bringing some coaches with him, which is exciting. He will also be keeping some current coaches. Some things are not finalized because he is in charge of the whole Baldwin football program now,” Cherico said.