By Alan Richardson
Morgan County High School made their final addition to the football coaching staff by recently hiring Coach Bob Brunson. He will work as an offensive line coach and head up the strength and conditioning program in the physical education department. Looking at his background he should make an immediate impact on the staff, players, and community we hold so dear to our hearts.
Brunson is no stranger to winning football having played his high school football career under legendary Coach Luther Welsh at Thomson High School as an offensive lineman, tight end, and three-year letterman. The five-year coaching veteran was a four-year letterman in tennis as well. Beyond high school Brunson attended the University of Georgia and worked as a student equipment manager on Mark Richt’s staff alongside offensive line coaches Stacy Searels and Will Friend. His teaching resume includes stints at Oconee County Elementary School, Flowery Branch High School, C.W. Davis Middle School, and Jefferson Middle School. During that time he served as a P.E instructor, Special Education teacher, and weight training coordinator. Brunson was on the Jefferson High School football staff in 2012 that won an AA State Championship in football, continued his career at Flowery Branch for three years and then returned to Jefferson last season.
Brunson talked about how he became a Bulldog saying, “I have previously coached with Coach Woodall at Flowery Branch for two years. We also had a couple of classes together at UGA. After meeting Coach Malone I immediately knew that I wanted to work and learn from him. Getting to know the players through summer workouts has solidified my inclination that Morgan County is a special place.”
He began to show his true colors when he talked about the off-season workouts with these comments, “I am excited to get to work with this great coaching staff and players. I feel that if these players continue to work hard and truly dedicate themselves to learning our new system, they can be successful. We have a good many number of players that are great athletes and can be great leaders for our younger guys in the program. This summer I have been amazed at the number of guys who have been dedicated to showing up and putting forth their best effort at our summer workouts. It’s hard for most of them to realize that what they are doing now is preparing them for the games played in November.”
The new hire was quick to praise some of the people in his life that have helped him be successful. He said, “My parents have been the most influential people in my life. They are the ones who have built the foundation for me of hard work, determination, but most importantly, the love of working with young people and having a positive influence on their lives (My mom is a retired school teacher). As far as my coaching career, I have learned from many different coaches with many different styles. I learned from Coach Welsh about the importance of repetition from our four hour practices in high school. I learned from Coach Richt at UGA about the importance of player/coach relationships even beyond the football field. But the most influential coach in my life would be my brother, Billy. Getting to coach alongside him in 2012 was a dream come true at Jefferson.”
Brunson should fit in nicely with the coaching staff at Morgan when he mentioned that his hobbies include deer hunting, fishing, and golf. This group of good-ole country boys has added another guy to their already long list of golfing, fishing, and hunting partners.
Married to his wife, Bonnie, for three years, the young couple brings a daughter, Bellamy (1) to our community. He said, “I want to thank my wife for all of the continuous love and support.”