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Pemberton resigns after one year with Bruins

Brentwood High School is on a coaching search for the second year in a row as Mark Pemberton has resigned as the school’s head football coach.

Pemberton will become the new head coach at Rhea County High School.

“It came to us as a little bit of a surprise and shock,” Brentwood Athletic Director Ronnie Seigenthaler said. “Hate to see a good man - and a good coach - leave the Brentwood family, but we also want to wish him the very best and respect his decisions.”

In his one season at Brentwood, Pemberton led the Bruins to an 11-2 record and a spot in the Class 6A quarterfinals.

Pemberton won a state championship at Knoxville Catholic in 2008 and was named the Class AAA Coach of the Year the same season.

In 20 years of coaching, his overall record is 163-69.

He replaces Doug Greene at Rhea County. Greene, who was 3-17 in two seasons, left to become defensive coordinator at Ooltewah in March.

Pemberton’s departure, as of now, will not affect the Brentwood’s schedule for offseason training or spring practice. Workouts will continue to be led by the existing staff, according to Seigenthaler.

“We all understand that spring football is an opportunity to work, teach, and coach on the fundamentals of the game,” he said.

Seigenthaler and Principal Kevin Keidel have had meetings to discuss possible replacements, but no strategic plan has been finalized. Applications have already been received less than 24 hours after Pemberton’s announcement.

Posted on: 4/11/2013


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