Todd Brigman named 4A Track and Field COY by Florida Dairy Farmers
NICEVILLE – Todd Brigman’s story began in Tallahassee.
After playing football in Louisville and track and field at Florida A&M, Brigman returned to his old alma mater at Lincoln High School to become a wide catcher coach in 2006. The school was so impressed with Brigman that he been recruited on a permanent basis.
Brigman quickly got involved in track and field thanks to his mentor, Jimmy Everett, who made him the head coach of track and field after falling ill with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Fifteen years after starting his coaching journey, Brigman would return to Tallahassee for the Jimmy Everett Invitational, this time with a dominant track team from Niceville.
At the end of the season, Niceville Track and Field had a 4A state title for the boys and a second place for the girls.
Due to the continued success of the program, Brigman is this year’s 4A Track Coach of the Year by Florida Dairy Farmers.
“I am honored to have this title of State Coach of the Year,” said Brigman. “It just reminds me of all the months of preparation, communication and fundraising. It makes me want to do it all over again for these kids.”
Track and field is done differently in Niceville, as Brigman brought in many coaches to coach student-athletes in specific events.
The formula allows for more individual practice and training for the athletes, while Brigman oversees the entire operation. It’s a well-oiled machine with no signs of stopping.
“I literally couldn’t do any of this without the staff,” Brigman said. “I wish the names of all the staff could be printed on the plaque because as a group we are the ones who have accomplished this.”
The culture established in Niceville creates a strong desire to excel on and off the track.
It’s a mutually strong relationship for this eagles nest.
“Coach Brigman is like my second dad,” pitcher Ben Miazga said. “He’s always there for us. He really pushes us to be motivated because he wants everyone to be successful. We pretty much call him our track dad.”
The historic success at Niceville since Brigman’s arrival in 2015 is evident, which could open up coaching opportunities at a higher level. But there is no doubt about Brigman’s loyalty.
“I’m bleeding brown,” Brigman said. “I’ll be coaching at Niceville for the rest of my career. We’re doing it the right way. It would be flattering to be continued to coach at the next level, but I never leave Niceville.”