Brindle Steps Down at Piper

by David Brox,

Piper’s Chris Brindle after 33 years of coaching has decided to step down as head football coach.  I won’t wait to the end of this article to just stop and tip my cap and say thanks to a man that has dedicated his life to young people.  He created a winning model that is followed by small town public schools.  Build from with in and groom talent from the middle school level.

“What a privilege to have had this opportunity.” said Chris Brindle

A district that is limited from a public funding stand point so the doors for random players into the program was not a luxury he was afforded.  What he did was coach and develop stars like Jasper Sanders, Tanner Eikenbary, Matt McDonald, Keaton Cofield, JJ Letcher and of course Colton Beebe.

The record speaks for itself.

5 district championships

5 bi-district championships

9 playoff victories

3 times in the Elite 8

2 times to the Final 4

2 10- win seasons

All this from a coach at small random public school.

“Many great memories and most importantly assisting with the education and development of 100’s of young peoples.” said Brindle.

Coaching high school sports is not glamorous.  At different points it can obviously seem thankless but during the season there is little sleep for the dedicated.  Over the course of 33 years one has earned the right to step aside and hopefully enjoy his life and grand children.  Life events are tragic.  Coach Brindle knew the coach of Blue Valley and a couple of other coaches that lost their lives.  It is not to say that coaching football is a killer of men but stress is real and can take a toll but perhaps it helped open his eyes.

Coach was a 2 time SHUKC coach of the year and someone I consider a friend.  Coach will still be at Piper next year working on powerlifting and teaching so this is not goodbye yet.  It is however an end of a wonderful era of Piper football.

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