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Monday was the first business day of the new year and Georgetown College football was pleased to learn one of its own will be shaping and molding the foundation of Lexington's newly opening Frederick Douglass High School football program. Brian Landis, a staple on the Tigers' defense during Georgetown's 2000 national title run, was named the Stallions head coach.
"At the end of the day, what's the most important thing? Always in my heart, the most important thing is my family," Landis said. "This decision is for my family and the city of Lexington. I've been a member of this city for 16 years, and it's time for me to give back my knowledge to these young men I will work with and give back to the community and make a champion Frederick Douglass High School will be proud of."
FDHS will be opening in the fall of 2017 as the sixth public high school in Lexington and will help the overcrowding of current Bryan Station and Henry Clay high schools.
"Understand this, when we start this program we have a unique situation," Landis said. "We get to set the standard. You are going to see a program you can be proud of. We will not talk about wins and losses, but the process it takes to become a champion. The discipline it takes day in and day out to attain success, not only on the football field, but in the classroom as well.
"It is Stallion time baby, let's ride."
Landis coached defensive backs from 2006-14 for Georgetown. He was a graduate assistant in 2004-05, coaching linebackers and safeties in that stint. He was a student assistant during the Tigers' 14-0 run defending the national title in 2001.
In 2015, Landis left to take an assistant coaching job with Eastern Kentucky University and then served this past season as an assistant with University of Kentucky.
"I always knew Brian's future was very bright as he was playing for us and then decided to get into coaching," said GC coach Bill Cronin. "He knows the game inside and out and loves helping others learn how to become better players and young men. He had a lot of roles for us and when EKU came calling we knew it was the right move for him and his family. As much as you'd love to keep coaches such as Landis on your sidelines, you also are so proud to see when others start to recognize what you know.
"He's learned a lot during his two years helping NCAA programs and is now ready to be head coach at Frederick Douglass. It was a great hire by them, and I think will be a great fit for everyone."
During Landis' four seasons as a student-athlete at GC, the Tigers went 41-8 with three Mid-South Conference championships. He played in two national title games and was defensive MVP for the 2000 national championship game GC won.
Following his student assistant year at Georgetown, he went on to play for the Arena Football League's Lexington Horsemen. He stayed involved by playing and coaching, received his master of arts in education from Georgetown in 2007 and was a teacher for several years while also coaching the Tigers.
"We are very proud of Landis and excited for him with this new opportunity," said GC director of athletics Brian Evans. "Even when he was here, you knew he was destined to take on a role such as this. Now to have a high school program that is starting from square one, means he really gets to mold, develop and design this program. That is right in his wheelhouse and it will be fun to watch how this all unfolds."
FDHS Stallions also announced their colors Monday – Orange and Green.