Marlon Brim quits Atkins for ‘dream job’ as West Forsyth boys’ basketball coach | Sports News

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Men’s basketball teams from Marlon Brim to Atkins have gone 86-38 over the past five seasons. “If you watched us play at Atkins, we played all over the pitch, we pressed and we played with the tempo,” says West Forsyth’s new head coach. “It’s the same way we want to be here at West. … We want to create turnovers and more possessions.

Joe Sirera

CLEMMONS — After Marlon Brim spent seven seasons building a successful men’s basketball program at Atkins, it was going to take something special for him to leave the Camels. It was going to take a “dream job,” and that’s exactly what West Forsyth is to Brim.

“West has always been a dream job for a lot of coaches,” Brim said Wednesday night when he was introduced as the Titans coach. “The athletes they have, the tradition they have. What you can build here is what a high school coach is looking for in a job.

When Kevin King stepped down after three seasons as head coach at West Forsyth, athletic director Mike Pennington knew where to look for a successor. Brim had served as Pennington’s assistant at Parkland, helping the Mustangs win the NCHSAA Class 3-A championship in 1999 and a second-place finish in 2002.

The Atkins program that Brim inherited had never won more than 10 games or finished with a winning record. After two years of building while going 10-38, he’s guided the Camels to an 86-38 record over the past five seasons.

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“Coach Brim literally built a program from the ground up, bottom up,” Pennington said. “We believe he is the man we need to put West Forsyth back on the map.”

Under King, the Titans went 16-45 overall and 8-24 in the Central Piedmont 4-A conference, including 8-17 and 3-11 in the 2021-22 season. But that didn’t deter Brim from taking the job.

“It’s not hard work, it’s great work,” he said. “Being here is one of the jobs I would have loved to have when I got into coaching. When the opportunity came up, I talked to my family and they thought it was a great idea.

It was hard to say goodbye to his Atkins players earlier this week, Brim said.

“Atkins was awesome and I love what we did,” he added. “I thank the folks at Atkins for this opportunity.”

Now is an opportunity to rebuild a West Forsyth program that reached great heights when NBA star Chris Paul and his older brother, CJ, played for the Titans.

“The tradition is there,” Brim said. “It’s just a matter of dedication and willingness to be coached. That’s what we’re going to bring to the table.

What can the players who were present on Wednesday evening to meet their new coach expect?

“There are going to be wars in training,” Brim told them. “There are going to be difficulties in training, and we are going to teach you in training.”


Family: wife, Kimberly; daughter, Jalyn, 27; sons, Jacari, 15 (first starting point guard last season for Atkins, averaging 13 points and 7.3 assists per game), and Jackson, 11.

High school: Carver, where played under legendary coach Alfred Poe.

University: NC Central, where he played one season.

Coaching career: 9 years as an assistant at Parkland, 3 as an assistant at Carver, 7 as a head coach at Atkins.


His favorite style of play: “If you watched us play at Atkins, we played all-court man, we pressed and we played with the tempo. It’s the same way we want to be here at West. … We want to create turnovers and more possessions.

Academics: “If you’re not doing your homework in class, don’t go out for basketball. If you’re one of those guys who skips a class, you won’t play for me.

Rebuilding the West Forsyth program: “I can’t give you a time frame. This will be determined by how well the children adhere, how the children develop, and how ready they are to commit to being good or great, depending on what they want.

Contact Joe Sirera at 336-373-7034 and follow @JoeSireraSports on Twitter.

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