Seabreeze head football coach Pat Brown kept his team busy this summer with college campus tours and football camps.
The Seabreeze Sandcrabs football team has been busy all summer, and not with your everyday “hanging-out-at-the-beach, eating at Larry’s Giant Subs” kind of busy. The players have been investing time in their futures as student-athletes.
Head coach Pat Brown is approaching his third fall season with Seabreeze and continues to focus his energies on team building and good old-fashioned hard work. Summer was not the time to take a break, but to execute a plan that would help his team gel on and off the field while giving them valuable playing time before their first game on Aug. 27. He jumped into action and booked the team into as many college football camps as possible in the months of June and July. Players attended camps at the University of Miami, Florida State University, University of Central Florida, Bethune-Cookman University, Edward Waters University and at the last campus, Southeastern University in Lakeland, July 21-22.
“We have been getting some great workouts and all of our coaches are engaged,” Brown said. “Having seven coaches, including myself, here at a summer camp in the middle of the week shows the dedication that my assistant coaches have in getting my guys better. It starts with the coaching staff. The kids see the staff is working hard so they know that that’s the standard.”
With a bachelor’s degree in economics from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in transformative leadership from Bethune-Cookman University, Brown also knows the
importance of exposing his team of high school students to the possibilities of attending college. He contacted various universities located along the east coast and organized a week-long college tour for his players.
The tour commenced at Charleston Southern University in South Carolina then traveled north with visits to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and Barton College. Brown also stopped at his alma mater of Rutgers, along with Princeton University while they were in New Jersey. After hitting the northeastern-most campuses on the tour, University of Connecticut and Bryant University of Rhode Island, the Sandcrabs began their trek home, making three more stops, the last one being Savannah State University.
Most of the players expressed interest in one or more of the schools and followed up the tour with additional research. During their stop in South Carolina, Charleston Southern gave punter Mac Chiumento an offer to play and Savannah State University “offered” Jeremy Pirtle and Dimitri Campbell.
The Sandcrabs attended their last camp at Southeastern University where the highs were a consistent 91 degrees both days and hotter on the artificial turf the players had to endure. The team was relieved to play at midnight on the first night.
“We played against Jackson from Jacksonville last night,” assistant coach Mark Lewis said. “We did well. I would rate it as a tie. They’re big, strong, fast, well-coached, a well-disciplined football team. Anytime you can bring a representative effort against a club like that you feel good about it. We went into the dorms feeling really good about the work we put in last night.”