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Football: Brooke’s Bruney Resigns

Coach led Bruins to pair of title games

March 14, 2012
By FRED YOUNCE , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WELLSBURG - The run of success enjoyed by the combination of the Brooke High School football team and coach Tom Bruney is coming to a close.

According to the Brooke County Board of Education's agenda for today's special meeting, it is set to vote on approval of Bruney's resignation.

Bruney confirmed his resignation Wednesday.

''It was just time,'' he said. ''The whole thing about coaching is to keep it about the kids and I didn't want to go through a season like last season. It was a tough one. The attention got away from the kids. That's where it needs to be. I thought it best to step aside so we could get back to making the kids the main focus.''

During Bruney's tenure with the Bruins they ran together a string of success that saw them make appearances in the 2009 and 2010 West Virginia Class AAA state championship games, earn the 2010 Ohio Valley Athletic Conference 4A Crown, and compile a 29-9 record in three years.

''It was great,'' Bruney said. ''The kids were great. I think we leave a nice legacy. We won a lot of ball games, we reached two state title games, and won an OVAC title. From Day 1 the kids and I had a great relationship and the toughest time is leaving them. They worked very hard for me and their effort paid off.''

Bruney was grateful to those he worked with as well.

''I had the perfect principal in Toni Shute and it was a pleasure to work with Athletics Director Rob Robinson,'' he said. ''We still have a good relationship and they treated me very well.''

Bruney has no immediate plans for the future as he deals with health complications.

''Not right now,'' he said. ''I just got out of the hospital. I'm having some issues with blood clots right now. I'm going to take it easy and focus myself on getting healthy. I've never had them before and it has turned into a scary situation.

''I'm not worrying about football as much as my health.''

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