Kenny Browning can run off a long list of great high school coaches in North Carolina.
He is one of the few coaches or former coaches who won’t include himself on the list.
Browning is one of North Carolina’s all-time football coaching greats.
His Northern Durham teams averaged 12.5 wins per season over 17 seasons when teams played 10 games during the regular season and half as many teams advanced to the playoffs as do now. Browning had a 214-56-6 record with a winning percentage of about 80 percent.
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But it wasn’t just the winning.
Browning’s quarterbacks called many of their own plays because he believed that was part of the learning process for high school football players. He always two-platooned because he believed playing more players enabled the coaches to teach more fundamentals.
At one point, more than a dozen of his former players were coaching in North Carolina.
In the Triangle, Browning is the measuring stick of coaching greatness by which other coaches are judged.
There are three or four things that Browning believes makes a great high school coach.
“A really good coach has to be good at many things,” Browning said. “He can be outstanding in a lot of things, but if he isn’t so good at some other things, it is going to trip him up.”
Browning, who attended Guilford College on an academic scholarship, literally was a student of football. He can discuss the evolution of the Wing-T from the Single-T, citing the 1950 texts. He and good friend Allen Brown, who coached at Thomasville, would spend hours discussing the merits of various defensive alignments.
“You’ve got to work at it, but there is no getting around that you better be in coaching to help kids,” said Browning, who is volunteering as an assistant at Northern Durham this season.