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Jan 7, 2013 1:03 PM by Andrew Masuda

Mark Brunell named head football coach for Jacksonville high school

Central Coast native and former NFL quarterback Mark Brunell has entered the coaching ranks. Officials from Jacksonville, Florida-based Episcopal named Brunell its head football coach.

Athletic director Andy Kidd said, "Episcopal is excited to bring on a head coach who has excelled at the highest levels in football. Mark has all the characteristics we desired for the next leader of our program." Brunell will also work in the school's Advancement Office as the Advancement Athletics Consultant.

Brunell was a three-sport standout at St. Joseph High School and was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1993 following his career at the University of Washington. The Santa Maria native spent most of his pro career with the Jacksonville Jaguars, making three Pro Bowls and taking his team to two AFC championship games. He retired from the New York Jets in 2011 and was an assistant coach this past season with Providence High in Jacksonville.

Brunell called Episcopal "an ideal fit for me and my family and I am excited about this new chapter in my life. I look forward to this opportunity to continue to build a first rate football program at Episcopal." He will begin work on campus January 14.

The 42 year old played 19 years in the NFL. The lefty threw for 32,072 yards, 184 touchdown passes and 108 interceptions. He won one Super Bowl ring with the New Orleans Saints in 2009.

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