Mark Brunell hired as Episcopal football coach

By Eric Domingo

Mark Brunell, former NFL quarterback, was hired today as Episcopal school of Jacksonville’s head football coach.

“Episcopal is an ideal fit for me and my family and I am excited about this new chapter in my life…I look forward to this opportunity to continue to build a first rate football program at Episcopal,” says Brunell.

The former NFL quarterback, who served as an assistant coach for Providence (Jacksonville, Florida) last season, replaces David Hess, who resigned in December after the Eagles finished 3-6 and missed the state playoffs. As head coach of the Eagles, Hess accumulated a 38-45 record in eight seasons.

I believe Brunell is going to be a great head coach for Episcopal school of Jacksonville. He has a lot of NFL experience, including a Pro Bowl MVP (1997) and a Super Bowl championship (2009). He also played for five NFL teams: Green Bay Packers (93-94), Jacksonville Jaguars (95-03), Washington Redskins (04-07), New Orleans Saints (08-09) and New York Jets (10-11).

Although Brunell moved around the NFL in his 18 seasons, he made an impact on all the teams he played for. While he played for the Jaguars, he was selected to play in the Pro Bowl three times (96, 97, 99) and he received the Ed Block Courage Award (98). He’s made 184 total touchdown passes, 32,072 total passing yards and had a quarterback rating of 84.

He will definitely turn Episcopal into a force in Jacksonville and teach those young football players how to play the game the right way. Brunell was always a great voice in the locker room and had a great football mind.

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