Another key athletic department move was made Monday as the Lansing Board of Education announced the hiring of a new head football coach for the varsity program.

Dylan Brown, a current member of the Lions’ football staff, has been promoted to head coach.

The announcement was made on the same night that the Lansing athletic department hired Jason Jones as the new boys’ basketball head coach for the varsity program.

“I’m excited and terrified at the same time,” said Brown, who will be stepping into his first head coaching position at the varsity level. “I’m just ready to get to work.”

Brown has been the offensive coordinator for the Lions for the last four years. This will be his 13th year of coaching.

He played wide receiver at Blue Valley High School and is a 2005 graduate of Kansas State University.

He was an assistant coach at Blue Valley North and Olathe South. His 2011 Olathe South team won the state championship.

Brown said he likes to run the Wing T offense.

“It’s a versatile offense,” he said. “It fits our kids. It’s an offense that relies on discipline.”

Defensively, he prefers a 3-3 stack alignment. 

“We want to establish an attacking defense,” he said.

Brown said he is searching for a defensive coordinator, which could come from the current staff, he said.

Brown said his coaching temperament is “methodical.”

“I’m not a screamer or a yeller,” he said. “I’m pretty even-tempered.”

Brown said he met with the Lansing players Tuesday to talk about expectations and summer workout plans. He said it is helpful that he already knows the players.

“I don’t have to guess who can do what,” he said.

Gary Mattingly, athletic director at Lansing, said Brown’s experience with the football program will pay dividends.

“Since he has already been in the program, he already has a vision of which direction it needs to go,” Mattingly said. “He is currently working on building his staff so that he can continue with his vision.”

Brown said summer workouts will begin in June and include weightlifting, 7-on-7 tournaments and scrimmages.