Brown takes over Canby girls tennis program
CANBY — Getting elected to the Newberg School Board was bittersweet for Dave Brown.
While he was able to make a bigger impact in his community, Brown was no longer allowed to coach the high school's boys tennis team.
"I had to choose between 40 tennis boys and 5,000 kids in the school district," Brown said. "It was a tough choice, but I did not want to stop coaching. I love those kids over there."
Getting the opportunity to coach the Canby girls has made the decision easier.
"I've always really liked Canby," Brown said. "My kids played against Canby in football, basketball, tennis, everything. The Canby thing was attractive and on my bucket list I always wanted to coach girls at the varsity level, and I never got the opportunity. I coached girls in the summertime, but never as a team. I wasn't looking for this and it just popped up out of nowhere."
Brown would not have coached just anywhere.
"Canby and Lake Oswego are about the only two spots I would have signed up for," Brown said. "Everybody I've met here is great, and a lot of things just fell into place."
Brown decided to run for the Newberg School Board after attending an event in Canby — Franklin Graham's "Decision America Pacific Northwest Tour" at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds and Event Center in the summer of 2018.
Brown had coached the Newberg boys tennis team for 20 years, but felt challenged to get more involved in his community.
"Everything I'd done had revolved around sports," said Brown, who began playing tennis as a sophomore in high school and then started teaching lessons while a student at Portland State University.
Brown has also coached basketball and football.
He has 48 girls on his first Canby tennis team, including more than a dozen seniors.
The Cougars have yet to play their first match.
The OSAA has suspended practices and contests for all spring sports through April 28 due to the coronavirus.
"There's a lot of seniors and a lot of leadership," Brown said before the season was suspended. "They're great kids."
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