NORTH ROBINSON — Monday morning current Colonel Crawford High School Principal and Eagles offensive coordinator Jake Bruner met with his high school staff and current football players to announce to them that pending board approval at the March 28th Colonel Crawford Local Schools Board meeting, he will be moving to Athletic Director/Dean of Students and Head Football Coach for the Eagles for 2022-2023 school year. David Sheldon will be transitioning from Athletic Director to Colonel Crawford Local Schools Treasurer for the 2022-23 school year and he will continue as Head Boys Basketball Coach.
“We wanted consistency for the players and the staff. So when Coach Teglovic stepped down, we knew we had to have the next man up mentality. Coach Teglovic will always be our Coach as we still see him daily, and hopefully at some practices and games. Change is always hard and Coach Bruner, a 1997 CC Alumni who played for Mike Cauley, knows he will not try to be Coach Teglovic, but he will honor the values and beliefs that Coach Teg exuded for the past fourteen years at CC,” David Sheldon said.
Coach Bruner has 21 years in education where he has had roles as a high school principal, middle school athletic director, social studies educator and head high school football coach. Bruner has been coachig high school football for 20 of the past 21 years — seven years were as a head football coach at Bucyrus City Schools with a record of 42 wins and 28 losses. During his tenure at Bucyrus, Bruner had the first nine-win season in sixteen years and the most wins in any three, four, five, or six-win period since the Redmen Football began in 1896. During his tenure at Bucyrus, Bruner was also named middle school athletic director of the year in 2010. Coach Bruner spent four years as an educator and assistant football coach at Shelby High School for Mike Shafer and Chris Solis before coming to Bucyrus in 2005 to become the head football coach. Coach Bruner returned to his alma mater in 2012 to be the high school principal and began helping Coach Teglovic in 2013 on the field. Coach Bruner is a 1997 graduate of Colonel Crawford High School, where he was a four-year letter winner in football and two-time captain of the team, as well as a three-year letter winner in track and field.
Coach Bruner attended Otterbein University where he received an undergraduate degree in history and political science, while lettering at inside linebacker on the football team all four seasons and was chosen Captain of the 2000 team — all of this while playing for legendary Coach Wallace A. Hood. The team he played on at Otterbein was the first to win seven games or more in the Ohio Athletic Conference in more than twenty years. Coach Bruner was also the recipient of the Harry S. Ewing Award for athletic, academic, and community services for his dedication for all four years at Otterbein University.
Coach Bruner has been coaching at his alma mater the past nine years where he has coached defensive backs, quarterbacks, and offensive line. The last four years he has served as the offensive coordinator and the last three years the CC offense has been one of the top rated offenses. Last season the CC offense had one the best season in school history and broke team records in many offensive categories: such as total points in a season (536 points) average points per game (46.9), rushing yards in a season (3,879) and total offense in a season (5,168).
“Every CC player and Coach in our program was hoping Coach Teg would be coming back this year as we watched his resilience, his sacrifice his toughness during the season last year. However, all the players and the coaches knew he was fighting for something bigger than himself. Our team will focus on Ryan Scott Teglovic daily as we have decided to honor him and his struggle with pancreatic cancer. We saw his resilience, his sacrifice, and his toughness and those things are emphasized in what we want our football team to be on and off the field. R.S.T. will be our motto this season as we support his fight,” said Bruner.
Coach Bruner and his wife, Dr. Sarah Nigh-Bruner, reside in Colonel Crawford School District with their son Kaden, daughter Brynn, and other son Trey.