By Aram Tolegian~SGV Tribune
As far as dream jobs go, it doesn’t get any better than this for Travis Brown.
The former Los Altos High School standout receiver is a Conqueror again after the school made official his hiring as its new football coach on Thursday.
“It’s the ultimate dream,” Brown said. “I don’t think there’s another way to put it. It’s still a surreal feeling that I’m home. I don’t think I’ve fully grasped what’s taken place here. It doesn’t get much better than this.”
It all happened so fast. In March, Brown resigned as head coach at Cantwell-Sacred Heart after two seasons. He quickly agreed to become Northview’s new offensive coordinator. But then last week in a shocking move, Los Altos let go former head coach Hector Spathias and here we are.
“It was a bang-bang deal,” Brown said. “It was one of those things where I was asked if I had interest and of course you always have an interest in going home. One thing led to another and off we went.”
Brown, 31, was a star receiver on two CIF championship teams at Los Altos before graduating in 2004. From there, he played at New Mexico and had a brief stint with the then-St. Louis Rams before returning home to start his coaching career.
Brown spent several years as an assistant before he got his first head coach job at Duarte in 2014. After Duarte, he was at Cantwell where he had that program on the upswing before stepping down.
At Los Altos, Brown inherits a team with plenty of returning experience. The Conquerors were 7-4 last season in Spathias’ lone season. That was a transition year, though, after Los Altos lost almost all of its starting roster from its 13-win team in 2016. Brown knows the championship expectations are certainly part of the deal.
“I’m inheriting one of the top five historical programs in the San Gabriel Valley,” Brown said. “When you take over a championship program like we have here at Los Altos, it’s definitely a goal to get us back to where we were. But it’s a process and it’s not something that’s going to happen overnight. I hope people understand that. We’re going to chip away at it.”
Brown won’t be the only blast from the past on the coaching staff. Brothers Keith and Randall Brown, Travis’ cousins, will be part of the staff, as will Daniel Drayton. Randall Brown and Drayton shared Tribune Player of the Year honors in 2002. Exact roles as far as who will be the coordinators have not yet been decided.
Los Altos was already practicing twice a week under Spathias. Brown just met the team for the first time on Thursday and plans to get his own plan in place shortly. Los Altos opens the season in Week 0 against Covina on Aug. 17.