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Mark Brungard resigns as Poland football coach

By The Vindicator

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

POLAND — Poland High School football coach Mark Brungard has resigned after 11 seasons with the Bulldogs.

The school announced Brungard's resignation in a news release Wednesday afternoon.

“It has been my honor and blessing to coach a game I love, at a place I love with people I love," Brungard said in a statement. "The past 11 years has been a blast for me and my family. I have countless people to thank, from the community, the administration, my coaching staff and our supportive parents; Poland is an awesome place to work.

"But most importantly, I am indebted to the young men I have coached. Without them I wouldn’t be a coach. I have had the privilege to coach some of the greatest young men and leaders our valley has to offer. My primary mission has never been wins or loses, but in seeing boys turn into men that lead in their families, communities, businesses and beyond. With that in mind I feel proud of what we have accomplished here.”

Brungard leaves with a record of 88-37, including nine consecutive playoff appearances.

Poland finished the 2015 season 9-2. The Bulldogs started 9-0 before losing to Canfield in Week 10. They hosted a Division III regional quarterfinal playoff game, losing to Louisville, 42-7.

"I've known Mark for the past 10 years, and he has always been a genuine, caring person for the Poland Bulldog program and the community," said Poland athletic director Brian Banfield. "I would want Mark to know that he has been a tremendous role model for his players and all scholar-athletes at Poland Seminary High School."

Poland's news release stated that the district expects to accept Brungard’s resignation at its board of education meeting Monday, Nov. 23 and then start the process of filling the position.

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