Aaron Brand is a high school football coach that truly cares. Not only about his players, his staff, but people like myself in the media, and everyone he comes in contact with. Yes he’s tough, yes he pushes you as a coach, but he’s a man that has developed into one of the best Charlotte Metro Area coaches I’ve been around and I’m sorry to see him leave our state.
We have been there for a number of his huge accomplishments - winning the 4AA West last season against Myers Park, the 2016 Conference Championship, his 200th win at Vance, but my biggest memory of Coach Brand came after the devastating 9-7 loss in the State Championship last season against Wake Forest. I’ve coached in big games and lost, and I’ve covered coaches who have lost big games. I have NEVER seen a man as passionate, emotional, and brutally honest after that game. We talked for a minute after that game and embraced as we always did after every time we talked. And I’m not just saying that. Here’s evidence.
Irmo High School, this is what you’re getting in Aaron Brand. You just won the lottery in hiring high school football coaches. Aaron, congratulations man, you deserve what you’re getting and more. Charlotte Football Insiders will miss covering your games, our talks about not only football but life, and your impact on football in our area. We wish you the absolute best of luck!