WELLSBURG - Calling it a "bittersweet decision," Sean Blumette will step down as the Brooke High football coach at the end of the month.
It is being done because he was named an assistant principal at the school at a special meeting on Thursday and Brooke County Board of Education rules state, unless already grandfathered in or an emergency situation arises, administrators cannot double as coaches.
"No. 1, this definitely was not as easy decision," Blumette said. "No. 2, the same way I took the football coaching position, I was very happy at Waynesburg, but saw a great opportunity. I was very happy being the football coach at Brooke, but I saw a great opportunity.
"It's been an honor and a privilege to be the Brooke football coach. I was given an opportunity to stay in the same building and move into the field I always thought I would move into at a point. I wasn't sure when this opportunity would come up again, so, when it does come up, you have to be willing to take a shot at them.
"It's tough walking away from coaching. I've been coaching longer than been teaching. I started coaching in (19)95 and started teaching in '99. I hit every wrung on the way up the coaching ladder.
"You are never sure when that day would come to stop coaching for various reasons. I am still capable of doing it - and I still want to do it - but I had to make a choice - and a tough one at that.
"But, it's a great opportunity at this point in my career."
Blumettte will be a Center 2 assistant principal.
"Once the opening happened, I was asked about applying and, after deliberating for a couple of days, I decided to put in for it," he said.
Blumette took over the football reigns two years ago and he was behind the eight ball in a lot of aspects.
"There were a lot of things that needed to be done when I got here two years ago," he said. "But, now, everything that needed to be done for August is done. We have our camp ready to go. Things are put into place from a logistical and clerical position.
"I will be able to put the kids in touch with the right people. I'm willing to give them whatever help they need."
Blumettte will begin his new job on July 1. The football job was posted Friday and is to be up for 10 business days before interviews can begin. A new coach should be in place in early July.
"I will help out with the transition as much as possible, while allowing the separation to begin," he said. "I know how hard it is to come into a program late. "Whoever gets hired for the position will probably make changes scheme-wise and with x's and o's and I will stay completely away from that, but I will be there for a lot of other things.
"We've already started the (college) recruiting process for the seniors and juniors and I will stay involved with that. I especially feel bad for the seniors because this will be their third coach in four years. I want them to feel free to come to me with any questions or problems. I am here to help them in any way I can. I definitely do not want them to feel abandoned."
Brooke will host its 7-on-7 passing scrimmage soon.
"I probably won't call a play," Blumette said with a laugh, "but I will be there to make sure things run smoothly for our program.
"There is a great staff in place here. The assistants will do a great job with everything."