SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Fresh off yet another state championship leading Springfield Central High School, head football coach Valdamar Brower is stepping up to the next level.
Brower will join the UMass Amherst coaching staff to coach the defensive line under the returning Don Brown regime. Brower led Central High to three consecutive state titles with the most recent coming in their first year playing in the Division 1 tournament.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno called the move bitter-sweet adding that it was a loss of a valuable mentor but a smart move by UMass to add such a capable leader of youth.
“Boy, this is bitter-sweet. Coach Brower has done a truly outstanding job not only molding and mentoring our Central High School scholar athletes on the field, but just as important off the field towards a positive path in life. Good and smart move by new and returning UMass head coach Don Brown, who is not only committed to turning around UMass football fortunes, but to also seek out local talent. We’ll miss you Coach Brower and thanks. Continued success and God Bless.”Mayor Domenic Sarno