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Posted on Thu, Feb 7, 2013 : 5:35 a.m.

Pioneer hires former Chelsea assistant Jari Brown as varsity football coach

By Pete Cunningham

Pioneer High School has hired Jari Brown as its head football coach, athletic director Eve Claar announced in a release on Tuesday.


Jari Brown, pictured above in 2007 while on the coaching staff at Huron High School, is Pioneer's new head football coach.

Ann Arbor News file photo

Brown has been an assistant coach at Chelsea High School since 2009. He was defensive coordinator at Huron High School from 2004-2009 and was an assistant at Lincoln High School in 2003.

Brown played at Eastern Michigan from 1999-2002 and was captain in 2002. He currently works as a Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department Corrections Officer and is pursuing his teaching certificate at Eastern.

Brown replaces Paul Test who resigned in December in the aftermath of a brawl that broke out following the team's game with cross-town rival Huron. Huron coach Cory Gildersleeve also resigned in the weeks following the brawl.

Test retires with a 16-7 record in two seasons (3-2 postseason), two Southeastern Conference Red Division titles, and a 2011 district title. His team this year advanced to the district finals before falling to Saline.

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Tue, Feb 12, 2013 : 8:45 p.m.

There wasn't much talent this year either as there were no players from Huron or Pioneer who signed with anyone on signing day.

Pete Cunningham

Wed, Feb 13, 2013 : 6:32 p.m.

Demetrius Sims was a good football player for Huron, he is playing baseball at Bethune-Cookman and signed during the early signing period. Former Pioneer players Dewan Olive-Abinojar (defensive back) will likely land at a Division 1 school though he did not sign on signing day (not everyone does) and Erik Kristensen (kicker) will likely end up playing in college as well. There was talent on that field.


Tue, Feb 12, 2013 : 3:38 p.m.

To bad for him there is no talent left or upcoming in the county.


Thu, Feb 7, 2013 : 4:15 p.m.

Hmmmm. Eager to see how this plays out. I'm curious as to why the guy didn't get the Huron job. He coached there in the past. They must know something.


Thu, Feb 7, 2013 : 5:50 p.m.

my point is that he coached there for a few years and also tried to get the job at Huron but they didn't select him. something seems odd about that.


Thu, Feb 7, 2013 : 4:53 p.m.

I would lean towards him knowing something about Huron.


Thu, Feb 7, 2013 : 4:29 p.m.

Jari is a very intelligent man, so maybe he knows something about Huron and Pioneer gave him a better offer... Hmmm?


Thu, Feb 7, 2013 : 3:13 p.m.

I just became a fan of Pioneer Football! Coach Brown is an excellent coach and a fantastic addition for PiHi. I have followed him since his days at Huron. He did a great job with the kids there and was solid at Chelsea.

Jim Mulchay

Thu, Feb 7, 2013 : 2:13 p.m.

Paul Test replaced Chuck Lori at Pioneer as head coach in 1991 and coached to 1994, with (I think) a 22-16 record.

Pete Cunningham

Thu, Feb 7, 2013 : 4:56 p.m.

You are correct sir.


Thu, Feb 7, 2013 : 1:08 p.m.

Congradulations Jari.. A2 football program finally has guy to get the job done!! Great guy a better mentor for these kids...go purple and white....


Thu, Feb 7, 2013 : 12:39 p.m.

A corrections officer for Pioneers football coach- very appropriate.

Kim Gleichert

Thu, Feb 7, 2013 : 12:38 p.m.

Looks like I'll be supporting Pioneer football! Happy for Jari. He's the real deal.