It is not unusual for an athlete to sign with a college to further their athletic career, but it’s not often you hear about student-managers committing to a school. That is exactly what happened Friday afternoon at Mercer County Senior High School.
Seniors Courtney Brown and Paige French signed with Union College to become student-managers for the football team.
“So many people have walked up to me and been like ‘I didn’t know they even offered money for that.’ And I didn’t either, until now,” said Brown.
It all started when a Union College football coach came to Mercer County to recruit players.
“The Union coach was down here recruiting players and he told Coach Buchanan that they were looking for managers,” said Brown.
Less than two weeks later, Brown and French took a visit to the campus.
“We went and visited at the same time and we decided we weren’t going to do it unless the other one did,” said French. “So now we are both going.”
Both girls admitted prior to their visit they hadn’t had Union on their list of future destinations.
“I didn’t look at it at all,” said Brown, whose older brother, Curry, plays baseball at Union College. “I looked at pretty much everywhere but Union.”
So what ultimately helped make the decision for the duo to attend the college in Barbourville?
“It was small. It reminded me of home,” said French.
Brown and French both said they plan on majoring in athletic training.
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