Bronson High hires new grid coach

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By Claude Lewis

BRONSON –Bronson High's three-month long search for a new head football coach is over.

Enter Al Cooksey, a 60-year-old who has coached the sport for many moons in parts north of Levy.

Most recently, Cooksey coached at tiny Hilliard High north of Jacksonville. He was there one year at the Class 1A school, finishing 2-8 with a squad that started eight sophomores.

"It was a unique situation,?"said Cooksey, who will teach physical education at BHS. "I replaced a coach who was ill, but he got better and wanted his job back. He had been there something like 27 years. I stepped aside."

Before that, Cooksey had a successful three years at another 1A school –St. Joe's Academy in St. Augustine.

Cooksey had a long coaching tenure at Aucilla Christian in Monticello. He played football at Jefferson County High in Monticello. He played briefly in colege before serving in the Army in Vietnam.

Cooksey, who saw the Bronson opening on the Web site, said he'll install a lifting program this week. The first team meeting was scheduled for Tuesday.

Cooksey takes over the head coaching reins from Greg Brochetti, who was 3-7 in his final season at BHS.

"We're the smallest of the three schools in the county,"Cooksey said. "I think it's gonna be good. We'll work with the coaches who are here now through the spring."

Bronson will play host to a FHSAA Spring Classic on May 23 against St. John's Country Day.