Orangeburg-Wilkinson head coach Tommy Brown has been selected to coach the South Carolina team in the 2013 Shrine Bowl.

According to the Associated Press, the announcement was made by Shrine Bowl athletic director Ron Long on Tuesday for the game set for Dec. 21.

Brown, who previously coached in the 2009 North-South All-Star game in his last All-Star appearance, led the Bruins to the playoffs this year and finished the year with an overall record of 6-5. While he’s looking forward to getting his Bruins back on the field, Brown is also humbled by the chance to coach some of the Palmetto State’s best prep football players.

“I just feel blessed to be honest with you,” Brown said. “It’s about being in a profession for a period of time. You just look back and just be thankful. I’m excited and just feel blessed about the whole situation.”

Brown’s South Carolina staff is made up of Robbie Briggs of Manning, Ken Cribb of Hemingway, Dan Pippin of North Augusta, Joe Watson of J.L. Mann, Mike West of Spartanburg and Andy Palmer of Edisto. Palmer was on the same coaching staff with Brown in the 2009 North-South game and the familiarity that the two have from that experience is something that Palmer believes will help them throughout this yearlong process heading up to the big game.

“I’m just looking forward to that,” Palmer said. “I had a great time working with Coach Brown in the North-South game in 2009. I know that we’ll see each other in football, but we’ll also be working together to the betterment of the Shrine Bowl cause and what it all means to North and South Carolina.”

The work for Brown and Palmer to assemble their team will begin pretty soon as the first of four Shrine Bowl combines for South Carolina will take place on March 15th in Spartanburg at Spartanburg High.

Opposing Brown, Palmer and their group of South Carolina seniors will be Lee County, N.C., coach Burton Cates.

Cates’ North Carolina staff includes Phil Tate of South Point, Darryl Brown of Southern Guilford, Rander Raper of Northern Nash, Robert Cody of Plymouth, Mark Little of West Columbus and Blair Hardin of Porter Ridge.

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