Former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell is going to be a high school football coach. This news is not particular surprising; Brett Favre was an offensive coordinator in his home town last year and former pro players often return to the high school ranks. This one though is personal, because Brunell will be coaching in Jacksonville where he spent the majority of his professional career with the Jaguars. He will be the football coach and program director at Episcopal School of Jacksonville.
This decision was announced Sunday morning, and Mark will also work in the School’s advancement office.
“Mark has all of the characteristics we desired for the next leader of our program,” Athletic Director Andy Kidd said. “He not only brings with him a wealth of football experience and knowledge, but he has the personal integrity and values we want exhibited by our coaches at Episcopal.”
Brunell was an assistance coach last year and helped Providence make the state playoffs.
“Episcopal is an ideal fit for me and my family and I am excited about this new chapter in my life,” Brunell said. “I look forward to this opportunity to continue to build a first rate football program at Episcopal.”
On a personal level, as a Washington Redskins’ fan I watched Brunell break the consecutive completion percentage and also try to lead the Redskins forward into the future, but he was a bit too old to do it. Coaching though? Why not? Brunell is a smart guy and I expect him to succeed as a high school football coach as a result.