A new athletic director will take over at Madras High beginning this fall. And those grounds will be quite familiar for him.

Three weeks or so after Rory Oster resigned as the Madras athletic director, the position was filled by Evan Brown, the White Buffaloes’ former longtime boys basketball coach, confirmed Tuesday that he has been hired to replace Rory Oster, who recently resigned as Madras High athletic director.

“There’s not many places that are so tight and so welcoming and personable,” Brown said. “Madras is a very, very tightknit community. And we (the Brown family) still feel like we’re a part of that.”

Brown, who taught and coached at Madras High from 1992 to 2008, had been the athletic director at Stayton for the past three years and held the same position at Cascade High in Turner from 2008 to 2011.

“At the time, my toolbox was only so full,” Brown, 53, said of his previous stint at the Jefferson County school, guiding the boys basketball team to 12 postseason appearances during his tenure. “But now my toolbox has even more tools in it. That comes from just a variety of experiences.”

Oster, who stepped away from Madras to become the athletic director for the Camas School District in Washington, remained in Central Oregon to be available until the vacant position was filled. While he was not involved in the hiring process that brought Brown back to Madras, Oster lauded the new hire.

“I think it’s a great hire,” said Oster, who was the Madras athletic director for the last six years while also coaching girls basketball. “I don’t think they could have done any better. It was a home run type of deal. The program’s going to be in great hands.”

“I’m excited about the opportunity, and I’m excited about rekindling some old relationships and establishing some new ones,” said Brown, who still lives in Stayton for the time being but said he will be in Madras before the fall prep sports season begins.

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