IRMO – Lexington-Richland School District Five has named Aaron Brand the new head football coach for Irmo High School. Brand currently serves as the head football coach at Vance High School in Charlotte, NC, where he has coached his teams to successful seasons and was named the school’s Teacher of the Year in 2017.
“I am super excited about the opportunity of coming to School District Five and especially a school with such a tradition as Irmo High School,” Brand said. “I look forward to being a key component in helping Irmo continue in their winning ways and remain Irmo Strong. Go Yellow Jackets!”
Brand became the head coach at Vance High School in 2014 and has posted a total record of 55-17. In 2018, the team was the Western Regional Champions and had the first ranked defense in the state of North Carolina. Brand was also named the Vance High School Teacher of the Year in 2017. In 2016 and 2014, he was named the Mecka 8 Conference Coach of the Year. He has coached more than 125 scholarship recipient student-athletes that are now participating on the college or professional level.
Previously, Brand coached at Mallard Creek High School, Independence High School, West Charlotte High School, West Mecklenburg High School, and Emory and Henry College.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Emory and Henry College and has taught P.E. for more than 20 years.
“Coach Brand is the embodiment of vibrant energy with a passion to positively transform the culture of the Irmo High School football program,” said Irmo High School Principal Dr. Robin Hardy. “He communicates high expectations with emphasis on leadership and discipline on and off the field.” Brand was approved for the new post during a school board meeting on May 20. He replaces Reggie Kennedy who retired from the district and will leave at the end of the school year to take a position in another district. School District Five will announce Irmo High School’s new athletic director at a later date.