Warren football coach Wright stepping down

Warren Area High School head football coach Brad Wright has resigned after five seasons.

Wright will be relocating due to professional reasons, and turned in his resignation on Wednesday afternoon.

Warren Athletic Director Jeff White said the position will advertised for 10 days at www.wcsdpa.org beginning Thursday. The 2013-14 school year and fall football season is a little over a month away.

Wright was an assistant coach at Washington & Lee High School, Westmoreland County, Va., and at North Stafford High School in Stafford County, Va., where he began coaching the shotgun spread offense he eventually brought to Warren.

Wright was an assistant coach (offensive coordinator) under Brandon Falk for two seasons before becoming head coach following Falk’s resignation. He was 24-29 over five seasons, including District 10 Class AAA playoff appearances in 2010 and 2012, in which Warren finished 9-3 and won its first D-10 playoff game since 2002 (21-12 over Conneaut).

Speaking of the shotgun spread offense, Wright coached three different quarterbacks that went on to break the school record in passing yards – Jeff Eaton, Matt Stapleford, and culminating with Austin Jerman last season.

Jerman, as a senior, was named to the Associated Press and Pennsylvania Football News All-State teams as a defensive back, but it was as a quarterback he was most valuable to the Dragons’ resurgence – improving from 2-8 in 2011 to nine wins last year.

Jerman was 146-of-246 passing for 2,088 yards with 28 touchdowns and eight picks. He finished his career as the most prolific passer in Warren history and was only the second quarterback in D-10 history to throw for over 2,000 yards in a season. He finished his high school career with 4,348 passing yards, which is sixth all-time in District 10. Jerman passed Eisenhower graduate Cody Crosby (4,221) for the Warren County record. He also led the Dragons in rushing last season with over 700 yards.

“He’s done a tremendous job restoring Warren football over the past few years,” said Jerman. “I know from last year he was able to recognize the team chemistry that we had, and really used that as the foundation of our entire team not only offensively, but defensively, too. And, as far as being a player, it was helpful that he was a younger guy and could relate to some of the things going on in my head. He was never too hard on me, like screaming at me, but when I messed up he’d be sure to let me know what I did wrong and how to fix it, which is what the head coach is there for. Warren football will miss coach Wright, and I wish him the absolute best of luck.”

There were eight Region 5 all-stars from last season’s team, which averaged 39.5 points per game and included wins of 83-12 over Clarion-Limestone at War Memorial Field, 60-36 at Oil City and 64-8 at Franklin.

Wright, who coached during a 7-on-7 scrimmage on Wednesday, did not return a phone message.