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Ex-Kearsarge AD Enjoying Florida

Gainesville, Fla. — Marty Brown is living the life.

The former Kearsarge Regional High boys basketball coach and athletic director moved to Gainesville, Fla., last year to join his wife who had left earlier to take a position at a Gainesville hospital. Gainesville is also the home of the University of Florida, where the athletic director is former Kearsarge student Jeremy Foley.

“I went to him (Foley) last March and told him I would do anything — mop floors, anything,” said Brown.

Anything turned out to be a lot of things. Some he gets paid for, others he’s just a volunteer.

In the beginning, Brown would be a greeter for the visiting teams. “I would meet the bus and show them where to go. At the football games, I would be on the sidelines in case they needed anything.”

Currently, Brown is working in the press box for the Gators’ 37 home baseball games.

“In the Southeastern Conference, they have a 20-second time limit between pitches,” Brown explained. “I meet with the umpires before the game, and then when the game begins I run the 20-second clock. I start the clock when the pitcher gets ready to pitch. The rule is strictly enforced.

“The baseball is terrific, and the games never get canceled,” added Brown. “They get about 8,000 fans a game.”

Brown would now like to hook into a more full-time position at Florida. “This is a slow process, but at least I’m around and working with some wonderful athletes,” he said.

— Poody Walsh