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Joseph Brown loved being a high school coach and is now enjoying retirement

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Joseph Brown and his wife, Wanda are enjoying a new life...retirement.  

The 61-year-old veteran coach of 34 years decided it was time to hang it up after serving the past 12 years as the Biloxi Lady Indians head basketball coach.

Brown said, "Teaching was an important aspect for girls basketball. You've got to really really teach the fundamentals and be consistent and persistent in what you do."

He did just that in guiding the Lady Indians to 212 wins and 105 defeats.  In those 12 seasons, Biloxi cracked the playoffs 9 times.

"The biggest thing I wanted to do was make sure I was fair and consistent with the people that I dealt with. "stated Brown.  "When they left I wanted them to comeback and no, you know, coach didn't do me right.  He did me injustice."

Brown was a running back at Mississippi Valley State where he says  a coach had the biggest influence on his coaching career.

Brown said, "We had a linebacker coach at Mississippi Valley State named Clint Vassar who was very aggressive, very out going, you know, up-tempo, very demanding.  I really liked his style because he was honest and direct and firm and persistent."

Brown began his high school coaching career at Harrison Central as an assistant football coach in 1978.  In the 80's and 90's he coached basketball and football at Pass Christian High School.

Brown left a lasting impression with his players over those 34 years.

"Basically I wanted to be good individuals, good people, "said Brown.  "To have a love and a passionate heart for people and to care because we tried to have a family atmosphere as much as you possibly could because you were around for two or three years and you got attached to them.  The thing about it is, once that contact is made or that attachment is made, it's a life long thing.  It doesn't end.  It doesn't stop when you graduate, go away or leave or go to another job.  People still see you, coach you were my coach.  You known that's a good feeling."

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